With current rideshare laws regarding children, rideshare services for children are starting up all over the country. Ohio mom, Sierra Young, saw the need for the safe transportation of children and started Kid Chauffeur Express, a rideshare service exclusively for children between one and 17 years old.
The most popular rideshare services, Uber and Lyft, do not allow passengers under the age of 18 unless they are accompanied by an adult. This leaves many children in need of a safe way to get around and an opportunity to build a business around it.
Kid Chauffeur Express
Sierra Young started Kid Chauffeur Express in late 2017. The rideshare service for children has grown to a business with 15 drivers and provides transportation services to more than 35 families. The service currently serves Akron, Barberton and Cuyahoga Falls in Ohio but is looking to expand in the near future.
Parents interested in using Kid Chauffeur Express can request a ride for their children at least an hour in advance through call, text or email. Families also have the option of setting up a weekly schedule. With weekly schedules, children benefit from having the same driver do the scheduled pick up and drop offs every week. Set schedules must be placed every Sunday by 6 p.m.
For security purposes, before a child is paired with a driver, Kid Chauffeur Express schedules a mandatory meet and greet to get the driver, parents and children acquainted with each other before services start. Kid Chauffeur Express accepts cash or payments made through Cash App.
Drivers for rideshare services for children have similar car insurance coverage provided by their company as Uber and Lyft drivers do. For extra protection while providing these services, drivers may also purchase insurance for rideshare drivers.
Rideshare services for children are popping up all over the country, mostly on the west coast, and include HopSkipDrive in Los Angeles, Shuddle in San Francisco, Züm in Southern California, and Zemcar in Boston.