LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Friday was a typical afternoon for Mike Greenfield: The part-time Lyft driver drives around until he received his next request. However, Greenfield’s Thursday wasn’t quite as typical.
Mike Greenfield, Lyft Driver: “I get a request, and I get instructions shortly after via text to pick up somebody’s child, and I go to reply back: I say “is this child accompanied by an adult? ‘ I got no response.”
According to Lyft’s policy, minors aren’t allowed to use the rideshare app unless they’re with someone over 18, so Greenfield canceled the ride.
“There’s just certain rules and regs that need to be followed,” Greenfield said.
Getting a ride is as simple as a pulling out your phone and hitting a button.
A car pulls up. You get inside, but you don’t really know who’s in that driver’s seat. Another reason why parents and drivers say, minors should not use the apps alone.
“Personally, I don’t think I would let them do it by themselves,” said Rochelle Hamatian, a local parent.
Instead, Hamtian says she’d let her kids use apps like HopSkipDrive. The kid rideshare app was created with safety in mind.
“This is more like putting your child in a car with a highly vetted nanny that drives,” said Joanna McFarland, the CEO of HopSkipDrive.
As of right now, HopSkipDrive is not available in the Las Vega valley.
“For those of you out there that are minors or anyone that wants to use this app, I suggest you have your identification,” said Greenfield. If you have a problem with showing me I.D., hit the cancel button, take another ride.”
8 News NOW reached out to Lyft about this and they sent the following statement:
“Safety is our top priority. Unaccompanied minors are not permitted on the platform. Drivers have our support in complying with this policy.”
Ridesharing app Uber has a similar policy as Lyft. As for taxis, there are no state restrictions on minors using their service.