How to Be Legally Covered When Operating a Carpool Service

If you operate a carpooling service, there are some precautions that you should take to protect your business from potential legal problems.

Steps

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    Create a customer file for each customer. Get basic contact information such as address, phone number(s), employer name and address, and emergency contact.
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    Collect a photocopy of the customer's ID.
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    Verify the customer's ID (e.g. passport, citizenship card, motor vehicle driving license) at the time of check-in. If you are not sure about what you see, ask for an additional ID.
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    Make sure all documentation is current and valid, and in the name of the bearer.
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    Require payment in advance of each journey, either by pre-paying in advance on an account, or by collecting cash at the time of the trip. Always issue a receipt and keep a copy for your records.
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    Provide your customers with an information sheet or brochure about your company and its policies.
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    Have the customer sign a copy of your company's policies and any legal disclaimers. There are many free services available online that can assist with the wording if you don't have a lawyer.
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    Operate according to all local and federal laws regarding vehicle inspections, ownership, insurance, maintenance, documentation and driver certification.

Tips

  • In some cases, it may be advisable to take a refundable deposit to cover all contingencies.

Warnings

  • The above is general information and not to be construed as legal advice, legal opinion or a substitute for it. You are advised to take whatever steps necessary to protect your interests including and not limited to consulting with your lawyer regarding your own situation.

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