Getting along in a city with pets can be difficult, especially with one or two large dogs. Here in NYC most people do not own a car, especially in the inner districts. This often means that you need to call a taxi if you need to go to the vet or drive through the city.
The problem is that many drivers do not want to have animals in their car, whether for reasons of cleanliness or allergies. Now it seems as though Uber wanted to make traveling with her fur baby easier for a few extra bucks. The company is testing a feature called Uber Pet, which allows you to call a fur-friendly driver directly from the app for an additional $ 3 to $ 5.
Currently, Uber wants you to call a driver to ask if you can bring a pet. You can only join if you've asked for a ride. For drivers in a hurry who could waste precious time, as many drivers cancel, when they hear that you want to take a dog, and you are forced to request another taxi, with no guarantee that it will be pet friendly. If your pet is in a veterinary emergency, rejection is frustrating and frightening.
However, if you do not call beforehand, drivers may be surprised by an unexpected pet they may not be prepared for ̵
Drivers who do not want to deal with pets can disable this feature. However, the prospect of earning extra money may force some who have previously rejected pets to allow the ride. The fee would also help to cover the cleaning costs for pets with a tendency to dandruff.
It should be noted, however, that Uber drivers can not charge or refuse to pay service animals under federal law. Before you request a Uber and rely on the chance to find a pet-friendly driver, you should call a taxi service in your area. A dispatcher can easily assign you to a pet-friendly driver.
The Uber Pet feature will be located in Austin, Denver, Nashville, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tampa Bay from 16 October. It is still being tested, so it is not yet known when it will arrive in other regions.
Via The Verge