At the end of 2014, Uber sent me an e-mail saying my 2004 Lexus RX330 was going to be deactivated at the beginning of 2015. This was obviously a big worry for me since it’d be pretty hard to blog about being an Uber driver if I didn’t drive for Uber.
But Jan. 1, 2015 came and went and I was still able to log on and drive. I thought maybe it was a glitch or maybe Uber didn’t care, so I din’t say anything.
Some partners received notices that said: as of March 31, 2015, 2004 aged vehicles would no longer be accepted on the platform. I never got that e-mail, but it looks like the Rideshare Gods decided to shine down on me anyways. Uber announced last week that it would be lowering the vehicle requirement to 2000 or newer in many prominent markets (including LA, SF and SD). Here are the cities I’ve confirmed so far:
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- 2000 or newer: Austin, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orange County, Providence, San Diego, San Francisco
- 2002 or newer: Chicago, Cincinnati
- 2005 or newer: Atlanta, Phoenix
- 2007 or newer: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
- 2008 or newer: New York