Parents in Columbus discuss using ride-booking services for rides to school

Parents in Columbus discuss using ride-booking services for rides to school

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Whether parents or their children should use transportation apps like Uber and Lyft to pick up or drop off students at school is a growing question.

This comes after reports of middle school and high school students ordering Ubers in Alabama.

“One of my friends does it basically every day,” said high school student Kyle Sullivan.

Sullivan said he’s never used Lyft or Uber as a way to or from school, but he has used a ride-booking app before and said he understands if others need to use them to get home from school.

“If it’s the only option you have, you need to get home eventually and most of the time, it would be after sitting at school for hours after school. Some arguments against it are the safety hazards, but there are safety hazards in everything,” said Sullivan.

Safety is the main concern of many parents who say it’s not the best idea.

“I think it’s not safe. Some people do it, but I don’t do it for my daughter. If I used it, I would keep the phone on until she arrived home,” explained Heba Hajaz, who has four children.

“I would be against it, especially being the mom of a daughter. There are people who are just not right everywhere,” said Penny Way-Wells.

The Muscogee County School District and the Phenix City School District said there is no policy against the use of transportation apps, but they did say there’s always a focus on the safety of the students.

“We always advise parents to be cautious of using things of that nature, especially with transportation with students. We want them to continue dialogue with principals and administration about their transportation preferences and let us know of any changes with their students’ patterns so we can be aware and react accordingly,” said Mercedes Parham, communications director for the Muscogee County School District.

News Leader 9 reached out to Uber and learned that it’s against policy for their drivers to pick up anyone under the age of 18, although it does happen sometimes. Local law enforcement said you can never be too safe.

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