Driver Sees Solution To Uber, Lyft Issue At Fort DrumPosted: Updated:
Retired Fort Drum solider Robert McQueen drives for both Uber and Lyft. He doesn't go on post to pick passengers up, but says others do,with military IDs.
Fort Drum, though, has no agreement with Uber and Lyft to allow drivers on post. So McQueen thinks there should be what's called a "geo-fence" on both ride sharing apps.
A "geo-fence" sets up a virtual perimeter, making it impossible for passengers on Fort Drum to request a ride and drivers to see passengers on post via the Uber or Lyft app.
"That would alleviate a lot of the problems with getting the ride requests out of Drum and it would be a good interim solution until an agreement is finally reached," said McQueen.
McQueen believes this will cause frustration among drivers and passengers and they'll reach out to both Uber and Lyft, which in turn, will make the ride sharing companies reach out to Fort Drum.
Josh Gold, Uber's policy director for New York, says the company is working on talking to the Department of Defense about having access on military installations around the country, not just Fort Drum.
"This is not something we're gonna rush. We're trying to figure out a solution with the DOD and with others to make sure that we can find a solution that works for Fort Drum, but also works at other installations around the country," said Gold.
We reached out to the Department of Defense. Officials say it's up to each military installation to come up with policies for Uber and Lyft.
Officials with Uber, Lyft, and Fort Drum say there's been no discussion yet about getting drivers on post and there's no indication of when that will happen.