Uber has transformed the way we think about personal transportation. Just 10 years ago the company was a startup that nobody had heard about, and today we already use the word “Uber” as a verb. By the end of 2022, the number of Uber drivers has reached 5.4 million in 72 countries around the world.
In Australia, Uber is officially the most popular means of private transport, having overtaken taxis. Several years ago, less than 7% of Australians had used Uber over a three-month period — now this figure is approaching 23% and the demand is still growing.
If you want to become an Uber driver, this blog post is your one-stop-shop with short answers to all your questions.
If you’re not already an approved Uber driver, the process starts with a bit of paperwork. Since 2020, Uber support and sign-up process has moved mostly online. Get familiar with the platform and start preparing your personal documents that you’ll need to upload in order to start driving with Uber in Australia.
The regulations regarding Uber driver requirements in Australia have small differences in each state, but the process is more or less the same, regardless of where you live in the country.
Here’s what you need to get started with Uber:
Read more about each state’s Uber driver and car requirements:
Uber inspects every single car before signing them up to their platform, and their requirements are getting stricter by the minute as the law requires higher and higher standards in passenger transport. Here are the requirements that apply to all Uber vehicles in Australia:
Furthermore, even if it’s not an official requirement, the best cars for Uber also have generous legroom, luggage space and a good fuel economy. Lately, many drivers switched to hybrid or fully-electric cars for on-demand driving, for the benefits and lower running costs they offer. If you’re thinking about making the switch, learn how much fuel a hybrid car saves or how much it costs to charge an electric car in Australia.
In Australia, there are several Uber service types available — UberX, Uber XL, Uber Comfort, Uber Premier, Uber Assist and Uber Pet. All Uber cars have to meet the standard requirements stated above and each service comes with additional eligibility criteria.
Check the list of eligible vehicles for each Uber service type in your city.
In order to drive for Uber, your car needs to be CTP-insured in the state you’ll be driving. It must also be insured for a minimum of third party property damage and you have to be the insured driver. The cost of rideshare insurance generally depend on various factors that are unique to you, such as your gender, age, car type, driving history, and even where you park your car at night.
All Splend cars are CTP-insured and you are nominated as the insured driver, ensuring both you and your subscription car are covered.
If you meet the eligibility criteria and want to start driving with Uber, here are the steps you need to follow.
The first step is creating a driver account and signing up on Uber website. You can sign up here.
To become an Uber driver, you need to upload the following documents:
TIP: Upload scans of the original documents, not photocopies and make sure all required details are visible.
Last, but not least, your car needs a roadworthy certificate before you start driving it for Uber. Vehicle requirements for the car inspection vary each state, so make sure to check them beforehand.
After your application has been approved by Uber, all you need to do is start using the Uber Driver app to get ride demands, get on the road and start earning.
If you already have a full AU driver’s licence and the minimum experience necessary, it can take 3-7 weeks to start driving Uber.
Your application for one of the special licences mentioned above usually takes 2-6 weeks to process and approve, depending on the state you live in. Once you have that, you can sign up to Uber via the Uber Driver app by uploading the required documents, which takes a further 1-3 days to approve, and around 7 days to complete the security check.
TIP: At Splend we’re ridesharing specialists. We can lead you through the steps to get started with ridesharing and set you up with an Uber-ready car.
The general thought is that all you need to earn an income with Uber is a car and a smartphone. This is 100% true, and it’s actually even simpler — you don’t need to have a car, or at least you don’t need to be a car owner to drive Uber.
If your car doesn’t meet all of these requirements or it’s approaching nine years of age, check out the other options you have, such as car subscription, before considering to buy a new one.
Getting on a car subscription plan for Uber has a number of benefits, the minimal commitment and low barrier to entry are perhaps the main reasons many drivers choose subscription plans lately. If you don’t plan to drive Uber for years and years to come, it gives you peace of mind to know that our Flexi plan allows you to hand back the car at no cost after a six-week minimum period.
However, the perks of car subscription go way beyond that. Driving a car that’s part of a fleet makes paperwork, maintenance, and time management in general much more streamlined. And this means one thing — you can focus all of your energy on driving and earning an income.
If you want to own a car and also enjoy the flexibility of a subscription plan, Flexi own car subscription may be just what you need. This option has all the features that make subscriptions so convenient, and more.
Our Flexi own is tailor-made for Uber drivers who want to work towards owning their car. You get a maintenance pack with all the essential replacement parts you’ll need for the duration of your contract, as well as the possibility to buy out up to 12 months sooner. Your car also comes with comprehensive rideshare insurance. Your excess km fees also count as early repayment, so you can think of them as an investment rather than an expense—the more you drive, the sooner you own the car.
We enable people to make money by driving for on-demand apps such as Uber.
We’re more than a car subscription provider. In addition to new-model cars and all the essentials to start earning money with Uber as quickly as possible, our customers enjoy driver training and dedicated support, as well as customer benefits such as partner discounts and exclusive events.
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