Last night I pick-up a group of college kids from Santa Monica. When they get into the car, I noticed there are 4 people in the back seat of my Prius and 1 person in the front. This is the conversation:
Me: I’m sorry but we can only have three people in the back seat and one in the front. I recommend you cancel the trip and request a Lyft Plus.
Passenger: are you serious?
Me: Yes I’m serious.
Passenger: but the last Lyft driver allowed us to have 5 people in the car.
Me: well I’m not like the last Lyft driver. Each person in this vehicle has to have a seat belt.
Passenger: is this a policy or something?
Me: yes it is. It’s the law! If you look on your passenger application, you will notice that it says 4 seats for Lyft and 6 seats for Lyft Plus. If I take you right now, and we get into an accident, I will not be covered! I would have to pay out of pocket.
Passenger: what if I just duck down?
Me: again, the most I can fit is four. I recommend you get a Lyft Plus. It’s for YOUR safety.
Hence, two passengers left the car, three stayed including the requesting passenger.
After I dropped them off, I gave the client a 3 star and left a comment for Lyft Support regarding their antics. Lyft sided with me on this one.
Moral: don’t take shit from your passengers. If you take more passengers that your vehicle allows, you will be responsible and insurance may not pay out. Each person MUST have a seatbelt.
I know it’s tempting, especially since it was 2 am and PrimeTime, but I’m not going to risk myself by taking an extra passenger. It’s not worth it! If you do Lyft Plus, max is 6.