COVID-19 restrictions lifted – What does this mean for on-demand driving?

    COVID-19 restrictions lifted – What does this mean for on-demand driving?
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    The past two months have not been easy for Australians with the quarantine and other restrictions affecting businesses as well as individuals. In ridesharing, the reduced demand meant reduced income for drivers.

    The Government’s decision to lift the restrictions in three steps allows businesses to slowly open up while maintaining our safety and reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    Read our step-by-step summary below to see what each phase will bring into your work as an on-demand driver and how to adapt so you can maximise your earnings in this period while staying safe on the roads:

    Step 1

    • Cafés and restaurants can have up to 10 clients at a time. This is still a limited capacity for most venues, so they will continue to rely on takeaway services.
    • Retail stores will reopen but they must introduce new safety measures.
    • Indoor entertainment venues such as movie theatres, galleries, and clubs will remain closed.

    Employees are recommended to work from home and avoid public transport.

    Step 1 allows people to connect with friends and family. You should see your rideshare earnings improve as more businesses start to open up and people choose to avoid public transport.

    Our members are already seeing their earnings increase and we’d love to hear your experience too. Email our team at and share your feedback.

    Step 2

    • Same as Step 1 with larger gatherings of up to 20 people allowed
    • Gyms may reopen, allowing up to 20 people to participate in indoor sports
    • Regional travel allowed

    With more businesses opening up, Step 2 allows for more flexibility and a greater level of trust. People will want to visit new restaurants and shops, and ridesharing will be the safest and easiest means to travel for those who don’t have a car.

    You may want to continue to explore additional rideshare and on-demand platforms as each will have their own unique benefits and partnerships to help you earn more.

    Step 3

    • Employees may return to the workplace with COVID-safe measures in place
    • Public transport to be avoided during peak hours
    • Larger gatherings of up to 100 people allowed
    • Shops, restaurants and entertainment venues to open, maintaining an average density of 4 square metres per person

    More employees returning to the workforce, combined with the restricted use of public transport during peak hours gives us confidence that ridesharing will see an upswing by this time. Additionally, the Government is working on creating travel bubbles with neighbouring low-risk countries such as New Zealand, meaning more rides to and from the airport.

    With shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues opening up, more people will choose to dine out, which translates into busy Fridays and Saturdays when it comes to ridesharing.

    We at Splend have great confidence in the rideshare industry reaching pre-COVID-19 levels soon and hope to come out stronger on the other side. We’ve been fighting this crisis alongside our members since the very start, and we thank you for staying with us and abiding by the new safety measures.

    If you have any questions about the way Splend operates during this time, or on-demand driving in general, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team.

    About Splend

    We enable people to make money by driving for on-demand apps such as Uber.

    We’re more than a car rental company. In addition to new-model cars and all the essentials to start earning money with on-demand platforms as quickly as possible, our members enjoy driver training and dedicated support via a personal account manager, as well as member benefits such as partner discounts and exclusive events.

    For more information about Splend, drop by to your local Member Support Centreemail us, or say hello on 1800 775 363.


    Balazs Szekely

    Maker by nature, writer by profession, and a petrolhead at heart, Balazs is our very own content creator who brings Splend’s voice to life. He’s been a wordsmith his entire career, having seen it all from the print media to radio through online publishing and marketing copywriting. He’s fascinated by things he has yet to fully understand such as photography, ice hockey, and the bizarre art of aquascaping. In his free time you may find him mixing up cocktails for his friends or away from home on a city break. Drop him a line at

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