Who's behind the wheel: A look at average SA ride-share driver

City of San Antonio looking for input on future of ride-sharing

SAN ANTONIO – The city is looking for feedback from residents on whether the rules for ride-share drivers and traditional vehicle-for-hire drivers should be the same or undergo changes.

Ride-share drivers, or Transportation Network Companies, as defined by the city, include drivers for companies like Uber, Lyft and Get Me.

Of the more than 150 ride-share driver applicants who have undergone free SAPD background checks since October, none have been rejected.

KSAT 12 News requested documentation on the drivers who applied and underwent the SAPD background checks between Oct. 1,and April 15.

According to records provided by SAPD of applicants for Uber, Lyft and Get Me, 86 percent of drivers are men.

The average age of a local ride-share driver is 45 years old.

Drivers tend to live in ZIP codes scattered throughout the city, but the majority live north of Highway 90 and Interstate 10 East.

Some, however, have addresses as far away as San Marcos and Pflugerville.

Applications for driver peaked around the holidays from November 2015 through January 2016.

The highest number of applicants -- 49 -- applied in November.

The city held a public input session Wednesday evening and will hold another on June 1 from 5:30-7 p.m. at TriPoint YMCA Grantham Hall located at 3233 N. St. Mary’s Street.


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