As consideration for your time and effort, drivers receive cancellation and no-show fees.
You’ll earn based on the time and distance you drove or the minimum cancel fee, whichever is greater.
If you arrive at a pickup location and you have to mark them a no-show, you’ll earn for the time you spent waiting. This applies for eligible post-arrival cancels initiated by riders as well.
The minimum payment is $2, but drivers will earn more for eligible ride cancels. We put a minimum in place to make sure you’re compensated for your effort no matter what.
In this example, you can see the driver was compensated for their time and distance using their rate card.
You can always see your per-minute and per-mile rates for each ride in your rate card.
- Health Safety cancellations
- Cancellations by passengers
- Passenger no-shows
- Shared ride fee policies
- Cancellations by drivers
- Cancellations and acceptance rate
Health Safety cancellations
In our continued effort to help protect our riders and drivers, Lyft now requires all riders and drivers to agree to our Health Safety Commitment in order to continue using the platform. You can learn more about the health safety commitment here.
Part of that commitment is that everyone in the ride must wear a face covering, and that no one can sit in the front seat of the vehicle.
If you arrive at your rider's pickup location and they don't have a face covering, or their party is large enough that someone must sit in the front seat, you can cancel the ride.
Similarly, if you arrive at your pick up location and you are not wearing a face covering, the rider can also cancel the ride.
If a ride is cancelled after you've started driving, you can earn a cancellation fee if:
- The cancellation window has passed after you've accepted the ride and
- You're making progress to the passenger's pick-up location, and you're on track to arrive by the estimated arrival time
Please note Lyft reserves the right to withhold, deduct, or reduce the amount of any cancellation fee payments at our discretion, including if fees are determined or believed to result from error, fraud, or a violation of the Lyft Terms of Service.
You'll receive a no-show fee when you follow these steps:
- Tap to arrive at the pickup location
- Wait for the timer to count down to 0:00 without moving from the pickup location
- Contact the passenger or respond to the passenger contacting you
- Cancel the ride by tapping 'Passenger is no-show' and then tap 'Confirm no-show'
If you arrive at the pick-up location 5 minutes or more after the estimated arrival time, you will not receive a no-show fee.
Note: You must be close to the passenger's pickup location when you cancel the ride to be eligible for a no-show fee.
For the first party in your Shared ride, standard cancel and no-show requirements apply. That means if a passenger cancels or doesn't show before you have other passengers, you'll be paid the fee as usual.
Once you have a passenger in your ride, you won't receive additional cancel or no-show fees because you're already earning based on the time and distance you traveled to pick up that passenger.
After arriving at a Shared ride pickup location, the app will prompt you to confirm the number of passengers you're picking up.
If the party size is the same as requested, tap 'Confirm.' If a passenger shows up with more people in their party than originally requested, tap 'Other' to skip the pickup. Skipping pickups like this won't affect your acceptance rate or driver rating.
Cancellations are a bad experience for all parties, so we recommend using discretion when cancelling rides.
Drivers can cancel a ride by tapping the arrow in the top right corner of the app during a ride and selecting either 'Cancel' or 'No-show.'
Of course, we know there are times when it's perfectly reasonable for you to cancel a ride you've already accepted, such as:
- You or a loved one has an emergency
- Passenger verbally or physically threatens your safety (if this happens, go to Safety info for drivers and tap 'Call Me')
- You've looked for and tried contacting a passenger but still don't see them (Follow the Passenger no-shows steps)
When cancelling rides, remember that Lyft's community is diverse, representing different generations, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. We encourage open-mindedness and mutual respect. Read more about our Anti-Discrimination Policies.
If you cancelled a ride for safety reasons or couldn't contact a passenger (for example, if they had an incorrect or disconnected phone number), tap 'Contact Support' below to let us know.
Include the following:
- Requesting passenger's name
- Time and date of ride
- Pickup location
When a passenger cancels or is marked no-show, your acceptance rate won't be affected.
If a passenger contacts you saying they don't need a ride after you've hit accept, ask them to cancel the ride on their end.
If you've arrived at a passenger's pickup location and they don't show up after you've tapped to arrive, follow the Passenger no-shows policy above and your acceptance rate will not be affected.
Acceptance rate is affected by driver cancellations after accepting or auto-accepting a ride.
If you have auto-accept enabled on the Lyft app, ride requests are automatically accepted while the driver is online and waiting for a request. Drivers are able to decline the ride within 5 seconds.