Ask LH: How Can I Become An Uber Driver?

Ask LH: How Can I Become An Uber Driver?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m a professional driver and want to work for Uber. How do I go about doing that? Thanks, Uber-Aspirant

Dear UA,

Uber, which lets you book a nearby private driver for a fixed-rate trip direct from your smartphone, has proven fairly popular since its launch in Sydney last October and subsequent expansion to Melbourne. The rates are higher than a taxi (a trip from Sydney’s CBD to the international airport costs $75, and the charges increase for major event days), but the experience is also more luxurious, as Gizmodo’s Luke Hopewell discovered when he tested out the service

Applying to drive an Uber car is easy: just hit the apply to drive link on the site and fill out the form. As well as having a suitably new (and preferably black) vehicle, you’ll also need an ABN and will have to arrange suitable insurance (though if you’re already working as a professional hire car driver, you should have that covered anyway).

Applying doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be accepted, however. “We meet the drivers, and we interview them. We set standards that are higher than for hire car drivers,” Uber Sydney GM David Rohrsheim said.

Getting through the interview isn’t the final step either. “To stay in the system, you have to be rated 4.7 stars or above,” Rohrsheim points out. (Uber users can’t book another vehicle until they’ve rated the previous trip, so almost every trip receives a rating.) But if you’re well-presented and well-mannered, it’s a potential extra way to acquire passengers. Good luck!

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  • Since the article isn’t clear, you do need a valid hire car authority for the state(s) you intend to operate in. In NSW, for instance, this includes the requirement for at least 12 of the last 24 months of holding an unrestricted drivers licence. Any traffic infringements from the last 5 years, court convictions in the last 10 years or licence suspensions/disqualifications ever are factored in. It also requires a medical assessment and the vehicle you intend to use must be valued over a certain amount (ie. must be considered a luxury vehicle).

  • Wouldn’t you also need hire car plates for your car? From memory these currently trade for upwards of a quarter of a million dollars if you can find a set for sale.

    Or do Uber have some way of getting around the taxi/hire car plate legislation?

  • Why wouldn’t you want to be an Uber driver. Look at the taxi drivers in Sydney. Prerequisite for Uber is ”NO B.O.” Unlike Sydney taxi drivers… Man,,, they really work at it. And so many regular taxi drivers don’t know their way around Sydney. I always have to direct them. Good on Uber.

  • Prerequisite for uber is ….. are you prepared to
    Break the law,
    Risk everything you own now and in the future,
    Cheat yourself, your passengers and the community in general
    Make fraudulent declarations to insurance companies
    Take part in a deception that sees none but uber benefit

    Tick those boxes and hop to it for your American feudal lord.

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