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Want to drive for Lyft?

Lyft drivers are independent, part-time workers, who usually do not possess commercial licenses, and often have no long term experience in the transportation industry. Lyft was launched in 2012, is based in San Francisco and operates in over 300 U.S. cities.

What Drivers Like about Lyft:

  • Receive up to $1000* as an initial sign up bonus.
  • Flexible hours (you decide WHEN you want to drive).
  • Drivers generally like the company culture better than competitor’s culture
  • Lyft app allows tipping (Uber doesn’t allow in-app tipping)
  • Lyft offers guaranteed weekly earnings in certain places

What Drivers Don’t Like about Lyft:

  • response time from support teams
  • ride requests can be slow in less dense areas
  • low passenger ratings can lead to cancellation of driver account

Need to Know:

  • Need to be at least 21 years of age
  • Need to have an active US driver license for at least 1 year
  • Need to pass a driving record and a criminal background check
  • In most cities, new drivers need to schedule a driving session with a Lyft mentor (an experienced Lyft driver), which can take up to 45 mins.
  • Vehicles must have 4 doors
  • Lyft vehicles must be model age 2005 or newer, except in the following places:
    • California: 2004
    • Colorado: 2004
    • Washington, D.C.: 2006
    • Florida, Miami & Tampa: 2007
    • Illinois, Chicago: 2004
    • Kentucky: 2007
    • Louisiana, New Orleans: 2009
    • Massachusetts: 2004
    • Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul
    • Nevada: 2008
    • New Jersey: 2004
    • New York, New York City: TLC sets standards for vehicle requirements
    • Pennsylvania: 2007
    • Oregon, Portland: 2007
    • Rhode Island, Providence: 2004
    • Tennessee, Nashville: 2004
    • Texas, Austin & Dallas: 2004
    • Virginia: 2006
    • Washington, Seattle: 2007

Bottom Line:

  • Lyft is available in over 300 U.S. cities
  • drivers can earn signup bonuses up to $1,000
  • set you own schedule
  • Lyft works both as a full-time or a part-time gig

*see Lyft’s terms

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