Police booted us from BWI Cell Phone Lot

Kunle

New Member
Hello everyone, I was at the BWI cell phone lot this morning around 12:40 am when police came in and told every Uber and Lyft drivers to leave. He said we are not allowed in the Lot. This is new to me as this is the first time witnessing this.
My questions are : 1. Are we not supposed to be at the BWI Cell Phone lot or something just recently changed ?
2. If not, where else are Uber and Lyft drivers supposed to stay ? I asked because I will like to avoid getting ticketed by the police.

Thanks
 

Aztek98

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They did that other day too. This morning I was in the lot for almost 2 hours with no ping even when the timer said 16-24 minutes. Is something changed?
 

Kawiz03

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Thats a new one never had police hassle at bwi. But i guess thats why they installed new lights to see who is a uber/lyft driver. Anyways If you notice the queue zone reaches out beyond the airport property so you can wait anywhere as long as you stay in the grey area so the 7-11, Royal Farms on Avation Blvd or on Elkridge Landing Rd near the McDonalds are ok. Passenger has to wait a little longer but if they cancel you keep your spot in queue.
 

simpsonsverytall

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I gave you guys a heads up in the other thread.

There is a gray area. Part of it is uber saturating the market and taking up too much of the cell phone lot.
The other part is us drivers acting like it's OK to park along curbs, get out and congregate in groups etc...

This is not a cookout, this is a job where some people are trying to make ends meet and feed their kids.

The cell phone lot is not big enough for 20 ubers + patrons, and patrons will occasionally complain if they feel uncomfortable and get get a spot.

If you use the cell phone lot, lay low. Keep a low profile. Don't have your phone holder and your phone on 100watts and park your car along the curb, and stand outside the car with your 4 buddies trying to act cool.

park in a normal space, keep your phone down and be cool. Or better yet find another spot like the gas station or mcdonalds or another spot (as both of those are getting crowded).
Uber could always secure a dedicated lot, but I doubt that will happen.

between southwest being a hub, and uber making travel even cheaper, business is great @ BWI , but we can't be stupid
 

Kawiz03

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You dont need a permit for bwi that permit is for black cars, limos or bwi taxis the ones who can enter the lane at the terminal marked Authroized Vehicles Only which is the inside curb lane. Just have trade dress in rear passenger window and be sure to have consented to have uber/lyft submit your info to md psc for tno license
 

DelaJoe

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You dont need a permit for bwi that permit is for black cars, limos or bwi taxis the ones who can enter the lane at the terminal marked Authroized Vehicles Only which is the inside curb lane. Just have trade dress in rear passenger window and be sure to have consented to have uber/lyft submit your info to md psc for tno license
https://www.uber.com/washington-dc-drivers/driver-tips/bwi/

As I read it it pertains to all rideshare drivers. I read the application and it has Limo,Bus,Van or SEDAN...SEDAN is UberX. As with all permitting everything is pretty grey with Uber. I guess as long as you are not caught then you keep doing what you are doing. Most UberX drivers don't get permitted anywhere and Uber itself doesn't maintain local permit information on your record. They just require a valid license, registration and insurance card.
 

Kawiz03

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Airport sedans means black cars not uber x and as of March 1st all Uber X/XL drivers must apply for a tno license which is issued electronicly and suffices for pick ups anywhere in MD including BWI you can see the requirements at http://dc.ubermovement.com/maryland-tno-registration/
Again the license is for buses, limos,vans such as super shuttle and sedans such as private black cars which most uberblack have anyways and it is to pick up passengers in the Authorized Vehichles lane located on the far right of arrivals and departures
 

Kunle

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I don't understand why there are too many of us hanging around under the trees at the Cell Phone Lot. Sometimes about 9 or 10 of them, loud and noisy. Why can't people just stay in d car or at least next to your car. Soon someone will complain to BWI management about this and we'll end up losing the privilege
 

LittletonLyft

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We are flying into BWI this Friday night and considering using Lyft rather than rent a car. We are heading to the Eastern Shore... a bit past Easton.

It sounds like lots of people are picking up at BWI. Are we likely to find drivers willing to make this trip?

I drive part time but don't have a clue if these long rides make sense for drivers in Maryland.

Thanks!
 

Kawiz03

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Lyft has a 100 mile limit for rides so you may want to check how far your going first. But most drivers dont mind long rides because its s high paying trip
 

Kunle

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Yea, most people would love to get the job. I don't think Uber has a limit though.
 

Kawiz03

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Uber has no limit I did a long trip from Laurel, MD to Newark, DE about 1.5 hours and over 100..just be kind a tip and be mindful the driver has to pay tolls and probally wont get a trip to take them back to the dc/baltimore area
 
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