Traffic Ticket While Driving for Uber or Lyft

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Both Lyft & Uber review your driver record prior to approval for driving for them. Once hired naturally you will spend a lot more time behind the wheel though. With that comes the risk for additional moving violations. It’s entirely possible for these tickets to result in your suspension. Today though, we’re covering a very specific situation. What happens if you then getting a traffic ticket while driving for Uber or Lyft?

First, try to remain calm. It’s an understandably stressful situation. You’re worried about your job, what the passengers are going to do and have a million thoughts swirling around your head. If you’re driving inebriated passengers you may be even more worried about how they’re going to react.

1) Your rights during a traffic stop aren’t different because you’re on the job. Review our coverage of your rights during a traffic stop and commit them to memory.

2) This doesn’t mean you’ve lost your job. There’s likely going to be a customer complaint that will trigger another review of your driver record. Based on 2020 policies with both Uber & Lyft you must have 3 or less moving violations. You can access your driver record yourself to see what they’ll be seeing. DefensiveDriving.com can provide your Texas Driver Record, or we can help you find one for other states.

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3) If this is your first or second ticket, you might want to use a defensive driving course to keep the violation off your record. In Texas and Florida, taking an approved defensive driving course will stop the ticket from appearing on your driving record. This will vary from state-to-state. If you already have 2 tickets you’re likely going to want to fight the ticket. Since your job depends on maintaining 3 or less violations, it’s critically important that you keep it off your record.

Fighting a moving violation doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars, however if you just pay the ticket it could cost you thousands in losing your ability to drive for Uber or Lyft. Look for a highly rated local traffic ticket attorney and explain that you’re a rideshare driver. The good news is that this is increasingly common so you won’t be the first time they’ve dealt with this situation.

4) This doesn’t need to be the end of the road. You’re not the first to deal with this situation and you won’t be the last. You do need to think carefully about how you handle the ticket though. Also perhaps this will be catalyst to a change in driving habits. Defensive Driving is not only a way to keep yourself and others on the road safe, but also your passengers.

 

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