The requirements applicable to Lyft vehicles are very high, as the safety of the passengers and the driver is our top priority. The vehicle must meet certain criteria that insignificantly vary depending on the state and the city.
The following essential criteria should be discussed separately (in more detail):
Age of the vehicle;
Four-door arrangement of the car;
Engine/ Suspension/ Brakes;
Exterior of the vehicle;
Seat adjustment regulators;
Air conditioning and heating system.
The age of the vehicle
Lyft specifies the vehicle to be of 2005 manufacture year or newer, unless otherwise indicated below:
Alabama: Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile - 2007
California (all cities) - 2004
Colorado (all cities) - 2004
Washington, D.C. - 2007
Hawaii (all cities) - 2002
Illinois: Bloomington - 2007
Illinois: Chicago - 2004
Louisiana: New Orleans - 2009
Maryland (all cities) - 2007
Massachusetts (all cities) - 2004
Minnesota: Duluth - 2007
Minnesota: Minneapolis-St. Paul - 2004
Nebraska: Omaha - 2002
Nevada: Las Vegas - 2008
Nevada: Reno - 2002
New Jersey (all cities) - 2004
New York: New York City - Vehicle age requirements governed by the TLC
North Carolina: Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham - 2002
Pennsylvania (all cities) - 2004
Ohio: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo - 2002
Oregon: Portland - 2007
Rhode Island: Providenc - 2004
Tennessee: Nashville - 2004
Texas: Austin, Dallas, & Houston - 2004
Virginia: Virginia Beach - 2002
Washington: Seattle - 2007
Four-door arrangement of the car
Lyft vehicle must have four doors able to be opened and closed from both inside and outside.The passengers must be provided an opportunity to lock and to unlock the doors.
Engine/ Suspension/ Brakes
The crucial criterion is the proper and secure functioning of the engine, suspension and brakes. In case a problem with the car is detected during testing, you should contact the spannerman to have it fixed.
The vehicle must be equipped with at least five seat belts in working condition.
Head and reversing lights as well as stop and turn signals must be fully operational.
Exterior of the vehicle
Lyft cars must not have any external damage or dents. In case of car body defects, the vehicle may not be allowed for driving.
All tires must be properly checked if any problems arise. To demonstrate the good condition of the tires, send a photo of the coin between the tread ribs, so that the depth of each tread could be determined.
Windows must not have any cracks or shatters, and also should be able to roll up and down.
Wipers must be fully functioning and in good condition.
Motorhorn must be operational.
Seat adjustment regulators
Front seats of the vehicle must be able of moving back and forth.
Exhaust system must conform to the state standards, otherwise the vehicle won’t be allowed for driving with Lyft.
Air conditioning and heating system
Air conditioning and heating system in the vehicle must be fully operational. The air conditioning must be filled up and be able of cooling sufficiently.
The requirements set for Lyft cars might seem challenging at first. However, it is possible to drive with Lyft almost each vehicle that complies with these small number of rules above.