Uber Drivers Facing A Paradox Due To Car Registering Laws
The drivers of the ride-hailing giant, Uber, are now in a paradox as they are facing restrictions from the company officials as well as the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
The California DMV requires any drivers who carry passengers for money to register their vehicles as a commercial. This, of course, forced the Uber drivers in the region to get their vehicles registered, however, this did not sit well with the officials of Uber.
The officials have stated that they will not allow commercial cars to be a part of their project, and everyone who complied with the California vehicle registration laws has been suspended by the company.
The representatives of Uber are sending the following e-mail to the drivers who have got their vehicles registered commercially:
We are showing your vehicle registration is actually a commercial vehicle registration. We will need you to contact the DMV to have them update your vehicle registration to personal/automobile registration. We are unable to accept commercial registration on an uberX account.
Now, this scenario is mainly affecting the drivers, as most of them have bought the cars through the Uber’s Finance Program, and now just to make sure that they get paid by Uber and not get prosecuted, they have to operate very carefully, which obviously is quite frustrating and annoying.
This is not the first time that the app-based transportation network has faced such dilemma. Last month, different attorneys belonging to Los Angeles and San Francisco filed multiple lawsuits against Uber for different allegations, including misleading customers about background checks and illegally operation at the airports.
This will not only affect the drivers of Uber, the competitors of the company, including Sidecar and Lyft, will also suffer due to this policy of DMV. Most of the vehicles that are being used by the drivers belong to themselves and they do not want to register them commercially, but now they are forced to do this.
One of the spokesperson for Lyft gave the company’s perspective on the situation by saying:
Requiring Lyft drivers, including those who drive just a few hours a week, to get commercial plates would essentially treat peer-to-peer transportation the same as a taxi.
This is certainly a serious situation for all the parties involved. Here’s hoping that they all can come to an agreement sooner rather than later.