As ridesharing becomes more popular and prevalent, the number of incidents that occur during rideshares is also increasing. Some states and localities have been eying or have passed legislation that requires more stringent checks and regulations on rideshare drivers, but it remains a concern. It is important for all participants in rideshares to understand current laws, the common rideshare violations, how serious they can be, and their potential consequences.
Perhaps the most common traffic violation of all, reports of rideshare drivers speeding are the most prevalent besides accidents. While most drivers speed, speeding does increase the likelihood of accidents and puts violations on a driver’s license. Rideshare drivers should not speed, and passengers need to report speeding or other examples of reckless driving.
2. Running Red Lights or Stop Signs
Drivers are required to come to a full stop at red lights and stop signs. Sometimes these stops are simply unseen, making the violation an accident but still no less of a concern. Running red lights and stop signs dramatically increases the likelihood of a serious accident. Rideshare drivers should strive to ensure this does not happen, and passengers should report incidents they witness.
3. Traffic Accidents
Even if a rideshare driver is perfect, another driver could cause an accident. However, accidents are still a serious concern for rideshare drivers and their passengers, particularly with scattered reports suggesting some active rideshare drivers don’t have as clean a history as believed. Of active rideshare driver violations, accidents make up the largest percentage.
4. Various Insurance Violations
All drivers in National City are required to carry the minimum National City auto insurance coverage mandated by California. However, the minimum doesn’t always cover all the costs of an incident, which can lead to messy legal fights and large medical bills. It is usually advisable for rideshare drivers to have auto insurance coverage above the minimum. Rideshare drivers must also make sure their insurance policy covers using their vehicle for commercial purposes. If it does not, driving for a ridesharing company is yet another violation. Note that hybrid personal/commercial coverage can increase premiums.
The number of reported cases of rideshare drivers committing a DUI/DWI are fortunately low, but it is still a serious violation. Because the legal limit of intoxication varies by state, a rideshare going across state borders may become in violation of the law in the state in which they are visiting. Many areas also have a lower blood alcohol content threshold for commercial drivers, which many ridesharing drivers likely do not know or forget about.
6. Driving with a Suspended License
Major ridesharing companies perform background checks on new applicants when they first apply, but incidents that have occurred since they became rideshare drivers or since their annual refresh check might not be known. This means it is not unheard of for an active ridesharing driver to be driving on a suspended license. Another variant of this is if the driver has just moved to California and has not changed over his or her plates and license within the designated window of time, which is in violation of state law.
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