Local Uber driver says too many minors are requesting rides
Too many minors are requesting rides, says local driver Daniel Aguilar.
"This is my main source of income, so I don't want to be deactivated by Uber if they find out I gave a ride to a minor," said Aguilar.
Aguilar says he knows fellow Uber drivers who still pick up minors even though it's against company policy.
"Other drivers, they can say it's money. I know we are tight on money. I’m tight on money, but it's just not worth it," Aguilar said.
KFOX14 reached out to Uber, and they released this statement:
“Our terms and conditions for creating an Uber rider account require that the person to be 18 years or older. If someone violates these terms and we become aware, we will remove that account's access.”
This also means Uber drivers are not allowed to drive minors unless they are accompanied by someone 18 years or older, which prevents drivers from being responsible for the safety of a minor.
"I don't believe minors should be getting into Ubers alone at all. Period,” said Uber driver Amen Tross.
Aguilar said sometimes it can be hard to recognize if someone is a minor.
“I guess this new generation, you can’t really tell if they're minors, but it's obvious if they have a backpack -- of course they are in high school," Aguilar said.
Aguilar hopes minors will do the right thing and not take an Uber unless they are with an adult.
“It puts us at risk as drivers. We can lose our jobs over this, and I don’t want other drivers to get deactivated because Uber found out they picked up a minor. So please don’t do it,” Aguilar said.
For more information on Uber's terms and condition visit their website.