The founders of Uber Technologies Inc released their popular ridesharing app in 2010, and they have experienced considerable success ever since. Using ridesharing programs like Uber tends to be more affordable than calling a cab, and the app’s user-friendly interface makes it easy to schedule a ride where and when you need one.
Thanks to its widespread popularity, Uber is now available in more than 300 cities around the world, according to Business of Apps. One of the reasons why Uber has grown so popular in recent years is the fact that it is just as easy for drivers to enroll as it is for passengers to use.
If you currently drive for Uber and rely on it as a steady stream of income but you are facing DWI charges, it is important that you thoroughly evaluate your defense options. If you are convicted, you may no longer be able to drive for Uber.
Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law is a White Plains DWI lawyer who will evaluate your case and develop a comprehensive defense based on your particular situation. Call 914-772-8614 to schedule a consultation.
Will a DWI Conviction Prevent Me from Driving for Uber?
If you rely on Uber as a passenger, there is a chance that your driver may have a DWI conviction on his or her criminal record. According to The Rideshare Guy, Uber conducts name-based background checks on all drivers.
This background check examines the applicant’s driving record from the past seven years. In order to qualify as an Uber driver, you must not have had any DWI or drug-related offenses in the past seven years.
If you received a DWI conviction more than seven years ago, though, it will not inhibit you from driving for Uber. As such, it is possible for an Uber driver to have a DWI conviction on his or her record.
What Are the Requirements for Driving for Uber?
Uber drivers cannot have had any fatal accidents in the past seven years or a history of reckless driving. In order to qualify to be an Uber driver in the United States, you must also:
- Be at least 21 years old and have at least three years of U.S. driving experience;
- Have an in-state driver’s license;
- Have in-state personal auto insurance; and
- Have an in-state registration for your vehicle.
What Are the Vehicle Requirements for Driving for Uber?
Uber has a few requirements when it comes to the kinds of vehicles that drivers can use. If you want to drive for Uber and you meet all of the criteria above, you must also own or lease a vehicle that is:
- A four-door sedan with five working seatbelts;
- A 2001 model or newer, although this varies by city;
- Registered in the state in which you will be driving;
- Not a salvaged vehicle or a marked taxi; and
- Able to pass the Uber vehicle inspection.
If you currently drive for Uber and you are facing criminal charges that could affect your livelihood, turn to White Plains criminal attorney Darren DeUrso. Depending on the facts of your case, it may be possible to structure a defense that convinces the court to reduce your charges or the penalties, or to dismiss your case altogether. Call 914-772-8614 to schedule a consultation with a DWI attorney in New York.