Uber has enhanced transportation services in certain countries throughout the world, but what is the policy on car seats in Uber rides? As adult passengers, we can just jump in any car, strap on our seat belts, and we’re all set. However, the same can’t be said for children.
If you’re planning on using the popular ride-sharing app while travelling around a different country, then it’s important to know the rules and regulations in regard to kids’ car seats.
So you’re prepared with all the information you need before ordering an Uber, in this article, I’ve answered some of the most critical questions concerning car seats in Uber rides so you can ensure your child is safe and you’re abiding by car seat local laws.
Does Uber Have Vehicles With Car Seats?
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Uber does have vehicles with car seats. However, these vehicles are only officially available in New York City and Los Angeles, with a service called Uber Car Seat for UberX. The car seats provided are the Nuna RAVA convertible seat and a $10 car seat surcharge will be applied to your total price.
Uber Car Seat rides in NYC will include a Nuna RAVA seat that can be used in rear-facing or forward-facing positions for children weighing between 5 and 65 pounds.
Uber Car Seat provides one forward-facing car seat for a child who meets all of the below criteria:
- 2 years old
- 22 pounds
- 31 inches
A child is too big at 48 lbs. or 52 inches.
Do drivers know how to install the car seat?
In LA and NYC, all drivers who provide Uber Car Seat rides must attend a Nuna installation demonstration.
Nuna RAVA seats are not currently available in Uber Car Seat rides in Orlando and Washington, DC
If you are travelling to New York City or LA, or if you’re a New Yorker or living in LA looking to make transportation with your little one more convenient, then you can book an UberX vehicle that comes with a car seat. And to do so, you’ll simply tap the ‘car seat’ option after selecting an UberX vehicle.
If your child is too small for Uber car seats, you will need to supply your own.
I think it is also important to note that you’ll only have access to one car seat per ride.
Are Car Seats Provided in other Cities And Around The World?
Officially no, but individual Uber drivers may supply their own car seat. To see if any are available, scroll on the Uber app for Uber X car seat. however, you will not know the make, model or sizing so will need to message the driver to clarify.
Can I Install My Own Car Seat in an Uber?
Yes, you can install your own car seat in an Uber, and you’ll find that Uber drivers will patiently wait until the car seat is properly installed. After all, they’re relying on your rating once you exit the vehicle.
If you do need to install a car seat, then I recommend informing your Uber driver before they arrive so that way they can find a suitable place to park on the side of the road.
It’s also wise to practice installing your car seat before getting into an Uber, as we all know how tricky car seat installation can sometimes be.
Do Children Have to Be in a Car Seat in an Uber?
Rules vary depending on the country and even varies between states in Countries. Some countries view Uber as taxis which are exempt from car seats in some places, whereas others require children to use a car seat regardless if in a private vehicle, uber or taxi.
Uber requires its drivers to comply with local laws, and your driver can refuse to take you if you don’t have a car seat for your child and its legally required. The best way to know whether your child needs a car seat in an Uber is to check the legal car seat age of your chosen destination.
Remember that some states and cities have different laws compared to others, so be specific in your search.
Here are the rules and regulations for car seats in a few different countries.
Car Seats in Uber Rides in the USA
Laws in the USA vary from state to state, and one of the best ways to check local child seat state laws is to use this Rideshare Laws by State breakdown.
For families travelling to Florida, for example, children under the age of five are legally required to be in a car seat while taking an Uber. But in other states like Arizona, California, and New York, the legal age is significantly higher at eight years old.
Car Seats in Uber Rides in Canada
Canada is another destination where the laws vary from province to province. You can find the requirements for each province below:
- Alberta – Car seat until at least 18 kg (40 lb) OR six years old.
- British Columbia – Rear-facing until at least one year AND 9kg (20 lb) followed by a booster seat until at least 145 cm (4’9″) OR nine years old.
- Manitoba – Car seat or booster seat until 145 cm (4’9″) OR 36 kg (80 lb) OR nine years old.
- New Brunswick – Car seat or booster seat until 145 cm (4’9″) OR 36 kg (80 lb) OR nine years old.
- Newfoundland and Labrador – Rear-facing until at least 9kg (20lb). Car seat until at least 18kg (40lb followed by a booster seat until nine years old OR until 145cm (4’9″) AND 37kg (81lb).
- Northwest Territories – Rear-facing until at least 9kg (20lb) and in a car seat until at least 18kg (40lb).
- Nova Scotia – Rear-facing until at least one year AND 10kg (22lb). Car seat until at least 18kg (40lb) followed by a booster seat until 145cm (4’9″) OR nine years old.
- Nunavut – Rear-facing until at least 9kg (20lb) and in a car seat until at least 18kg (40lb).
- Ontario – Rear-facing until at least 9kg (20lb). Car seat until at least 18kg (40lb followed by a booster seat until 145cm (4’9″) OR 36kg (80lb) OR eight years old.
- Prince Edward Island – Rear-facing until at least one year AND 10kg (22lb). Car seat until at least 18kg (40lb), followed by a booster seat until 145cm (4’9″) OR 10 years old.
- Quebec – Car seat or booster seat that is suitable for the child’s age, weight and height until they’re 145cm (4’9″) OR nine years old.
- Saskatchewan – Car seat until at least 18kg (40lb) followed by a booster seat until age seven, OR until 36kg (80lb) AND 145cm (4’9″).
- Yukon – Rear-facing until at least 10kg (22lb) and walking unassisted. Child restraint system until at least 22kg (48lb) followed by a child restraint system or booster seat until 145cm (4’9″) OR 45kg (100lb).
Car Seats in Uber Rides in the UK
The UK requires children to be in a car seat or a booster seat until the age of 12 or until they’re 135 centimetres tall. However, there are some exceptions.
Children aged three or older can travel in a back seat without a car seat if the vehicle doesn’t have one—this also applies to car Seats in Uber rides, taxis and minicabs.
You can find more information on the UK car seat laws on the UK Government Website.
Car Seats in Uber Rides in Paris
For families travelling to Paris, you’ll need to abide by French laws, which state the following:
All children up to the age of 10 must travel in a car seat or restraint, which can be determined by their weight.
- Under 13kg – Rear-facing seat in the front passenger seat (with passenger airbag deactivated) or back seats.
- 14 kg – 36kg: Booster seat used with an adult seatbelt.
Children under the age of 10 cannot travel in the front seats without using a child restraint. The only exceptions are if there are no rear seats or if the rear seats are already occupied by children under 10.
Car Seats in Uber Rides in Spain
Spain requires all children under 1.35 meters to be in a car seat or booster seat of some kind, and the same applies to car seats in Uber rides. Children must be rear-facing until they’re 9 kg and must be in a seat that is suitable for their weight.
Here are the different car seat groups for children of varying weights:
- Grupo 0 – For children up to 10 kilos.
- Grupo 0+ – For children up to 13 kilos.
- Grupo 0+/1 – For children up to 18 kilos. (Both Grupo 0+ and Grupo 0+/1 are suitable for newborns.)
- Grupo 1 – For children between 9 and 18 kilos.
- Grupo 1/2/3 – For children between 9 kilos to 36 kilos.
- Grupo 2 / 3 – For children between 15 kilos to 36 kilos.
- Grupo 3 – Booster seats for children under 1.35 meters.
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