My daughter has used Lyft in the cities when she was going to a concert.  I was sorta freaked out and asked her if she was felt safe.  She did, but added it was because she was with several other people.  Recently the Duluth City Council voted to allow Lyft and Uber to begin operation in our city and that raised some question and concerns.

I was glad to hear she was with several others, I'm just not comfortable with her riding alone with a Lyft or Uber driver.  I know, I know, it's sorta the same as she is riding with a cab driver.  On the other hand, as a Lyft or Uber driver, how can you trust the people you pick up?  I'm sure the driver's have background checks, but the riders don't and drivers are quite vulnerable with their back to the riders, right?

However, Lyft and Uber drivers can make quite a bit of money and pretty much set their own hours.  That got me thinking about how they are regulated, back ground checks and what about their cars, do they have to show maintenance records?  Here's what I found out, in case you're interested in the position here in our city.

Lots of younger people use Lyft religiously, however, you can't be employed by Lyft until you are at least 21 years old own an iPhone or Android phone. As I mentioned earlier (and thank goodness) they will run background checks on you.  Obviously, you have to have a valid driver's license for the state you'll be working in too.

According to the Lyft website, no beater cars.  Your car will have to pass a 19 point vehicle inspection.  The vehicle you use has to be have four external door handles and at least five seat belts (that are functionable). Of course you have to have up-to-date plates and insurance. They will also confirm all of this during your 19-point vehicle inspection. Cars have Lyft age requirements too, which can vary by state.

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