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Uber with kids: what you need to know about riding with children

July 1, 2019 / Qatar
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Many families use the Uber app in their daily lives, whether it’s ferrying the kids around to after-school activities or helping an elderly parent come and meet you for dinner. We’re glad that families are using our service to make their daily lives a little less hectic.

However, there are some things to consider when it comes to using Uber for children. Here’s what you need to know about catching an Uber ride with your kids in Qatar.

Ground rules

When it comes to requesting rides, our guidelines state that children under the age of 18 are not allowed to have Uber accounts. If you’re using your Uber account or the Uber family profile for your children to request a ride, they must still be accompanied by an adult to be allowed to ride. As such, drivers may also ask for ID verification to check a rider’s age if they think it is necessary.

Uber child seats

If you are planning on riding with small children, then you should bring a child seat or some form of secure seating for them. Whilst there aren’t specific laws on securing children in vehicles, a driver may refuse a ride if they feel your child isn’t safely secured. Car seats in Uber vehicles aren’t common, so it’s always safest to assume you will need to bring one.

If you’re not sure what kind of car seat you need for your child, you can find out more about the different types of seats and how to install them here.

Tips for using Uber for children

Are the kids safe and secure? Here are some tips to make the most of taking Uber rides with kids:

The more the merrier

In Doha, you can request an UberXL with room for up to 6 passengers. That means space for you and your partner, the kids and any other family members you’ll be taking on your family outing. Or, you can use the space for extra luggage if you’re loading up the kids for your long-awaited holiday abroad.

Keep everyone connected

The Uber app has a variety of safety features to make using Uber, with kids or not, as safe as possible. One feature you can use is sharing your trip status to let your partner or anyone else know exactly where you and your child are when you’re riding with us. Tap “Send Status” during a ride to share or pre-select up to 5 Trusted Contacts to receive your trip status whenever you ride.

The Uber family profile

Make travel easier for you, your partner, your kids, grandparents and anyone else with the Uber family profile. The family profile allows you to connect up to 5 people to your Uber account, meaning they can request rides using your payment methods, with records being kept on your account. It’s a great way to manage transport for the whole family and take care of the who’s driving who conversations.

So, when are you bringing the kids? Follow our rules and tips for using Uber with kids, and you can make transport that much easier for you and the whole family.

Family time is precious, make it count with Uber.