5 Important Questions Answered About Uber & Lyft Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles
Uber and Lyft have become an exceedingly popular alternative to public buses and taxi cabs. Both of these companies are most notably known for allowing riders to choose their ride preferences and certain customizations. What about options for those who require wheelchair accommodations? Let's take a look at the 5 most frequently asked questions when it comes to Uber and Lyft's services to those who need wheelchair accessible vehicles.
What is a WAV (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle)?A wheelchair accessible vehicle, known more commonly as a WAV, is a vehicle which has been modified to easily accommodate a wheelchair. Typically, the interior is adapted in order for a wheelchair to fit as well as either a wheelchair ramp or a power lift for convenient access.
Does Uber or Lyft Have Wheelchair Accessible Vans?Uber offers UberWAV which connects riders to drivers with vehicles which can accommodate wheelchairs. UberWAV drivers have completed a special training course in order to help you or a loved one safely enter and exit the vehicle. It is important to note that in areas where WAV services are not available, Uber will send alternatives directly to your phone. Lyft offers Access Mode, which puts riders in need of a WAV in touch with drivers who have a WAV. As with Uber, in areas where this service is not available, alternative transportation methods will be sent to you.
How to Request an Uber or Lyft WAV?Requesting a WAV with both Uber and Lyft is quite simple. For Uber, you will simply use UberWAV to schedule an on-demand ride that meets your needs, schedule, and location. When utilizing Lyft, users will need to enable Access Mode, by tapping 'settings' on the app and making sure the 'wheelchair access' toggle switch is green. Next, you will type in your destination and access wheelchair mode to find your perfect ride.
Does Uber or Lyft Offer Any Discounts?From time to time Uber offers promotional discounts for both first-time passengers and loyal customers. The type of discount and expiration dates are constantly being updated, so be sure to search for any eligible promotions before you pay full price. Lyft offers a few different kinds of promotional discounts. These include:
- Percentage discounts - Receive a certain percentage off of your ride.
- Fixed discounts - Remove a certain amount from the total cost of your ride.
- Flat rate - This means a set fare for rides that would typically cost up to a certain amount.