It’s a lot easier than you’d think.
Over the last few months, we’ve published a number of articles on driving with Uber. We’ve look at why freelancers should consider it as a complimentary income stream and debunked some of the myths around the experience.
If you’ve decided to make the move and partner with one of the world’s largest ride-share services, here are six steps to follow to get you on the road sooner.
This takes a few minutes online. All you need to do is fill out some personal details. You will require a smartphone with enough data for GPS use once you start doing trips, so make sure you have this first.
Upload a valid full Victorian driver’s license, proof of identification (a passport or birth certificate), vehicle insurance and a profile photo for the app.
Tip: Make sure your profile photo is front facing, well lit and without any glasses. Best to get a passport photo taken.
Government regulations require Uber partners to have a Victorian driver accreditation through Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV). You can get this online and it will allow you to drive trips with Uber on your Victorian license.
Once your accreditation is uploaded, Uber will invite you to a vehicle inspection. This is to check your car over for safety and reliability, as well as ensuring it meets vehicle guidelines, so it’s ready to take some trips.
Tip: If you don’t own a vehicle, Uber connects drivers with rental, leasing and finance providers through Uber Marketplace to get you on the road sooner.
After passing inspection, this time you’ll have to register your car as a commercial passenger vehicle with CPVV. Again, this can be done online and allows you to use your personal vehicle for the commercial purpose of driving with Uber.
Tip: Make sure you’re listed on your car’s insurance policy, even if you’re not the policyholder or don’t own the vehicle.
Once you’ve done all of this, it’s time to get on the road and start earning some money. Learn the peak travel times in your area to help increase your fares, and drive whenever it fits into your schedule.
You can sign up here.
If you get stuck you can head into one of Uber’s Greenlight Hubs and speak to someone in person for some help.
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