When delivering with Amazon Flex, it is generally not a good idea to bring passengers or pets along, as this could impact your insurance coverage in the event of an accident.
If you do choose to bring passengers, they must remain in the vehicle at all times and are not allowed to enter any restricted areas associated with the delivery. Additionally, your vehicle must have enough space to safely accommodate all packages and passengers.
Can a Passenger be in My Vehicle with Me When I’m Delivering
Amazon Flex deliveries might require you to leave your vehicle for extended periods of time. It is inadvisable to deliver items with Amazon Flex if you wish to bring passengers or pets, as service animals are the only exceptions. You must adhere to the following guidelines if you decide to bring passengers with you:
- You must remain in the vehicle at all times when you pick up from an Amazon.com location. This is because you must drive through Amazon facilities to collect your packages. You must be accompanied by an Amazon employee if passengers wish to leave the vehicle.
- The passenger will not be allowed to enter the delivery station or restricted pick-up areas at Prime Now, Amazon Fresh, Whole Foods, or other Store locations if you are picking up from them. It may require them to remain in the car or parking lot.
- Pick-up and delivery times are subject to change, and your passengers or pets may be in the car or parking lot for longer than you anticipate.
- You must have enough space in your car to accommodate any passengers or pets and all of your packages.
- A passenger can’t drive the vehicle during the delivery.
Your participation in the Amazon Flex program may be affected if you do not comply with this policy.
Who Can Ride Along with an Amazon Flex Driver?
If you’re an Amazon Flex driver who occasionally brings a non-family member passenger along for a delivery assignment, you will have to have them sign a waiver. This waiver will ensure that they know the risks associated with being a non-family member passenger in your car while you’re on the road. In most cases, the only people who can ride along with you as passengers are people with whom you’re in a close relationship (e.g. a spouse, significant other, parent, child, sibling, etc.). If you have a spouse who likes to accompany you while you’re delivering, they can sign the waiver, but they do not need to sign a waiver if they are the only person in the car with you. If you want to bring other passengers with you, they will need to sign a waiver.
Why You Can’t Always Have Passengers in Your Car
You can’t always have passengers in your car as an Amazon Flex driver for two main reasons.
First, passengers can distract you from driving. You need to keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel to stay safe while driving.
Second, passengers can increase your risk for injury if there’s a car accident. All passengers are required to wear their seat belts, but that doesn’t mean that passengers won’t increase your risk for injury. If a passenger is unrestrained and gets hit by the airbag in a car accident, they can get seriously injured – even if they’re not in the driver’s seat. If you’re involved in an accident while you have a passenger in your car, the passenger may be injured – or even killed – by the car accident. On the other hand, if you have a passenger in your car and you’re involved in an accident, the passenger can get injured by the car accident – and sue you for their injuries.
Finally, the vehicle must have enough space to safely accommodate any passenger or pet and all packages assigned to the driver’s route.
Can a Child Be in My Car When I’m on an Assignment?
Yes, you can bring your child with you during your delivery assignments. As mentioned above, this can help make the experience more enjoyable for both of you. Just keep in mind that you will be liable for your child’s safety and behavior while riding in the car with you. You will also be responsible for ensuring that your child wears a seat belt at all times when riding in your car.
If you are late or cancel an assignment, you may have to send your child back home. If you have to send them home, there are a few things to consider. You may want to ask a neighbor to stay with your child while they wait for you to get home. You can also use an online service to provide childcare while you finish your shift. Another option is to drop your child off at a friend or family member’s house. Unfortunately, you may not be able to take your child with you to pick up a delivery. If you’re in a situation where you need to pick up a delivery, you may want to drop your child off at a nearby location (e.g. a friend’s house).
What Happens if I Violate These Guidelines?
If you decide to bring a non-family member passenger with you while on the road, there are certain things to consider. First, you should be aware of your insurance coverage. If you have liability coverage, you won’t receive any compensation if a passenger gets hurt while riding in your car.
Second, you have to make sure that your passenger knows that they are at risk for injury if there’s an accident. In order to protect yourself and your passengers, your passenger should sign a waiver. This waiver will explain the risks associated with being a non-family member passenger in your car while delivering Amazon packages. If there is an accident and your passenger is injured, they may be able to sue you for their injuries.
If you are an Amazon Flex driver, you are responsible for all costs associated with operating your vehicle – including gas, insurance, and maintenance. However, there are certain operational guidelines an Amazon Flex driver needs to follow when operating their own vehicle. For example, you cannot have non-family members in your car while you’re on the road. If you have a spouse who likes to accompany you while you’re on the job, they can come along, but they do not need to sign a waiver. If you want to bring other passengers with you, they will need to sign a waiver.