Trusted Rides, a new rideshare company located primarily in Michigan, provides parents with a transportation alternative for their children. Unlike Uber or Lyft, the service is designed for children ages five and up.
The company has increased security and insurance specifically formulated to cover minors. Like other rideshare companies, the service is accessed through the Trusted Rides app. Parents can schedule rides for their children, learn about the driver and their vehicle, and rest assured their children will get to where they need to be.
Once a parent books a ride, they’ll be notified when a driver has been assigned. Parents can view drivers’ profiles and each driver has an introductory video. It’s recommended that parents share the video with their children, so they recognize their driver. They’ll also give their child a secret password that the driver will be aware of.
When it comes time for pick-up, all Trucked Rides vehicles are marked with the company logo and the drivers wear company logo t-shirts. The driver will state the selected password to the child, so they know they have the right driver.
All vehicles are equipped with booster seats and the company is required by law to accommodate service animals and make other reasonable accommodations for passengers with special needs.
The app uses real-time technology to inform parents of where their child is at all times. Parents receive alerts when their child has been picked up and when they have been dropped off. With parents’ permission, a Trusted Rides driver can sign a child in or out of school.
The company follows specific guidelines for hiring. Their drivers come from all different backgrounds including teachers, firefighters, community church leaders, and more. To be certified as a Trusted Rides driver an individual must be at least 21 years old, have a minimum of five years of childcare experience, have a clean background check and driving record, and have a reliable 4-door vehicle that’s less than ten years old and that passes a 21-point vehicle inspection. Potential drivers must also take 616 safety training and past a road test.
While Trusted Rides guarantees the safety of its young passengers, there is the chance a car accident could happen. In the event you or your child is injured in a rideshare accident, the Rideshare Law Group can examine your situation and determine if there are grounds for a personal injury claim. Contact us today to learn more.