Ensuring Child Safety in For-Hire Rideshare Vehicles

Rideshare services provided by companies like Uber and Lyft have become much more popular in recent years. In Q4 2021, Uber reported an average of 19.5 million trips a day worldwide, and Lyft reported 18.7 million active riders (defined as riders who take at least one trip during the quarter). As personal vehicles become less desirable and common among urban residents, rideshare and taxi services will likely continue to become more popular. Unfortunately, growing evidence suggests that use of child restraint systems (CRS) in rideshare and taxi vehicles is much lower than usage rates in personal vehicles. Since CRS are a crucial tool in decreasing the risk of crash injury for children, this research aimed to ensure that advances in personal mobility in the U.S. are not accompanied by setbacks in child safety. The objective of this research was to develop guidance to identify and prioritize the types of behavioral interventions needed to improve child passenger (defined as children under 13 years of age) safety in the for-hire ride share environment, including taxis.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project BTS-11

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Behavioral Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Governors Highway Safety Association

    444 N. Capitol Street, NW, Suite 722
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Retting, Richard

  • Performing Organizations:

    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

    Baltimore, MD  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Eshani, Jonathan

  • Start Date: 20200609
  • Expected Completion Date: 20221007
  • Actual Completion Date: 20221007

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01708759
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project BTS-11
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 26 2019 12:04PM