At dinner last night with a group of fellow drivers, while discussing the news of Uber testing 'Cash Payments' and the possible targeting of drivers for robbery, the topic turned to self-defense. Lots of opinions expressed on everything from firearms (and what is or isn't a firearm) to pepper-sprays/gels, stun guns, batons, etc. Lots of opinion - and very little fact. What usually happens after a discussion like this, drivers took to the internet to review Uber and Lyft's policies and read as much as possible. We found that both Uber and Lyft prohibit drivers from carrying firearms (guns) in their cars (regardless of local state laws) but that the companies have very different policies when comes to drivers carrying items like pepper-spray, pepper-gel and stun-guns/tasers. Apparently, Lyft's policy prohibits drivers from carrying any weapon at all - but fails to define what constitutes a 'weapon'. Uber, on the other hand, defers to state and local laws. Which means that Uber does not object to drivers carrying whatever is legal in their locale (with the exception of guns/firearms). Uber's policy as published on its website addresses only firearms: Legal Uber Firearms Prohibition Policy Our goal is to ensure that everyone has a safe and reliable ride. That's why Uber prohibits riders and drivers from carrying firearms of any kind in a vehicle while using our app.* Anyone who violates this policy may lose access to Uber. * To the extent permitted by applicable law. Here's a posting of a statement from Uber on the subject: (from a well-known driver/blogger on the subject of TNCs/Rideshare) And here's Lyft's policy, from their website: Weapons policy To keep our entire community comfortable, Lyft has a strict "No Weapons" policy. This means that if any driver or passenger possesses a weapon in a Lyft vehicle, regardless of whether possession is legal where they are, they will be removed from the platform. We approach this issue from a community perspective — it’s hard to know what someone else is or isn't comfortable with. The mere presence of a weapon might make another community member distressed. Lyft reserves sole judgement on what constitutes a "weapon." It's an interesting topic that every driver needs to be aware of... and if you drive both platforms - you absolutely need to know what's up.