Posted on Monday, September 9th, 2013 by Shachar Pessis
Lyft is a friendly, safe, and affordable transportation option. Just tap a button and in minutes you’ll be riding in the front seat with a new friend.
Lyft facilitates peer-to-peer ridesharing by enabling passengers who need a ride to request one from drivers who have a car. Unlike traditional taxis, Lyft drivers do not charge “fares” but receive “donations” from their passengers. Lyft’s motto is “your friend with a car.” Since its inception, the company has striven to create a more social and fun experience for drivers and passengers in order to develop a sense of community among its users. Lyft currently operates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, Indianapolis, St. Paul, Atlanta and Phoenix.
Lyft claims that its safety precautions are more stringent than those performed by taxi and limousine companies, and that it only accepts 6 percent of its driver applicants. Beyond requiring every driver to join Lyft through their personal Facebook account and subjecting drivers to a 5-star rating assessment from passengers following each ride, the company carefully vets potential Lyft drivers through performing the following additional screening functions: DMV and criminal background checks, In-person interviews by Lyft employees, Vehicle inspections and a two-hour training and safety session, Drivers must be 23 years or older and have a driver’s license for more than 3 years, Zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy. And in case something happens Lyft also insures each driver with a $1 million per-occurrence liability policy.