What Uber Driver’s Need To Know If They Get A Traffic Ticket
If you find yourself one of the thousands of people looking to make some extra cash by becoming a driver for companies such as Uber of Skip The Dishes through the use of their app, it’s important to know not everyone can become a driver. Even once you have applied and become a driver, you can easily have your access revoked if you fail to abide by their policies.
There are many reasons that someone could not become a driver for one of these companies or have their access revoked. A very common reason is a bad driving record. These companies want to protect their public image and ensure their customers feel safe with the driver that is behind the wheel. For that reason, they have implemented strict policies when it comes to being convicted of a driving infraction.
In this week’s blog post, we will be looking at everything a driver will need to know about Uber’s general policies regarding traffic convictions in Ontario and more specific restrictions within the Municipality of Kitchener-Waterloo.
To become a driver with Uber, you must first pass two background screening checks; a Criminal Record check and a Driver’s Abstract check. This is the first step to becoming a driver and you will not be able to move forward if you fail either check. When it comes to your Driver’s Abstract check, not every conviction will prohibit you from driving.
To start the process, you will need to upload a clear copy of a current Ontario driver’s licence as well as Registration for the vehicle.
Driving Infraction Policy for Ontario (Excluding Kitchener-Waterloo):
- The driver cannot have a criminal record.
- At least 3 years of driving history must be provided.
- No more than three minor convictions and 8 demerit points accumulated in the past three years.
- No major violations in the past 3 years.
- No licence suspension other than those due to unpaid fines or medical reasons.
Driving Infraction Policy for Kitchener-Waterloo:
The Municipality of Kitchener-Waterloo has imposed stricter policies than the rest of Ontario.
- No criminal history.
- At least 3 years of driving history is required.
- No more than three minors and no more than 8 demerit points in the last 3 years.
- No major violations in the last 3 years
- No licence suspension in the last year.
As you can see, in Kitchener-Waterloo, you can have no suspension, regardless if they are for unpaid fines or medical reasons.
What to do if you received a ticket?
If you use Uber as a source of income you will certainly want to protect the privilege to do so. If you receive a traffic ticket, you will want to consider fighting it as it may result in a dismissal from driving with Uber. You can receive a free consultation by contacting our office and discussing the matter to see how we can help.