UBER SYDNEY HOW TO SIGNUP TO BE A DRIVER & VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS IN NSW AUSTRALIA 2017 – EZYDRIVER


Have you heard about the Uber craze in Sydney? Drivers are making thousands weekly driving for Uber, look at the snapshot from Chris’s driver app below. Did you say “How to signup to driver for Uber Sydney NSW”? Below is all the information and steps to get you driving and making thousands driving your own car.

 

How Much do Uber Sydney Drivers Make?

The average Uber driver makes between $20-$45 /hr depending on which product they drive i.e UberX, UberXL, UberBlack. UberLux or UberTaxi. Some drivers like Chris can make upto $3,000 /wk however, we cannot guarantee this as some drivers struggle to make $700/wk. It all depends on when you drive, where you drive and what tips and tricks you have up your sleeve that others don’t have. We have an Uber Income calculator below that helps you estimate how much you can potentially make as an Uber Driver in Sydney or NSW.

 

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Click below to estimate your Uber Income

 

Uber Income Calculator

 

 

Uber Sydney Driver Requirements

Its easy to become an Uber driver-partner if you satisfy the below requirements:

  • You are 21 years or older
  • Do you hold a full unrestricted NSW Driver Licence?
  • If you have held a full driver licence for at least 12 months (This includes inter state licence also)
  • Hold a current NSW Private Hire Vehicle Authority Card issued by Transport NSW is a must
  • As part of joining Uber Sydney you are required to  pass a background check (uberX only)

 

uberX

 

To become an uberX Driver in New South Wales you are required to submit the following documents which you can upload on your driver profile you just created.

1) A full NSW Drivers Licence: As a minimum you should have held the full Australian licence for a period no less than 12 months

2) Provide a copy of your Passport or Birth Certificate (You don’t have to be an Australian citizen but must have the right to work)

3) NSW Driver Authority: You must hold a Private Hire Vehicle Authority issued by Roads and Maritime Services. Uber helps you apply if you submit your application through your Uber profile. The cost of your application is $80 and will be charged to your Uber profile upon signing up.

4) Vehicle Insurance: For safety purposes it is compulsory to have Comprehensive or Third Party Property insurance and your name, vehicle make and registration, policy expiration and type of cover must be visible on the document. Even if you don’t own the vehicle, your name must be a listed party on the insurance

5) Vehicle inspection: If you vehicle year is between 2012-2017, you will be required to complete an inspection at one of Uber’s sites and Uber cover the cost of this!

 

 

 

 

UberBLACK

To be eligible to drive UberBlack, your vehicle must be one of the listed vehicle on the list below. Your vehicle should have official registered HC plates. You’ll then need to create a driver profile and upload the below documents:

1) Comprehensive Commercial Vehicle Insurance

2) NSW Driver Licence

3) Hire Car Authority Card

 

 

 

uberTAXI

 

To become an uberTAXI driver, simply create your driver profile and upload your NSW Driver Licence and your TAXI Authority Card

 

 

Driver Authority Card Application

In NSW  Uber Drivers must hold a Driver Authority Card issued by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

You can apply for this through Uber if you don’t intend to go to RMS yourself, you can simply submit the following:

 

  1. Completed Driver Authority Application (complete this form t.uber.com/dacapp)
  2. Current NSW Driver’s Licence
  3. A valid Passport/Birth Certificate

The application for a Driver Authority will cost $80 which will be charged to your Uber account. This covers the cost of your application with the RMS and the cost to run a background check as part of the application process.

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Vehicle Eligibility Requirements
  • Your vehicle must not be older than 9 years old (2007 models upwards)
  • Have 4 or more doors
  • Must have seats AND seat belts for 4 passengers
  • Should not have any decals, commercial branding or taxi colour paint jobs
  • Must not have been previously licenced as a taxi
  • Must pass a vehicle inspection by one of Uber’s approved third-party providers.
  • Uber reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to amend these Vehicle Requirements and/or the list of Accepted Vehicles at any time.

 

 

Requirements
  • Only taxi drivers currently accredited in NSW to drive licensed taxi cabs can create an UberTAXI account.
  • All vehicle requirements may be amended at any time by Uber who reserve the right to make such changes.

 

 

Vehicle Requirements
  • Build Year: No earlier than 2010
  • Registration: Current NSW Registration
  • Number Plate: Registered Hire Car (HC) number plate
  • Body: Drivers need to ensure there is no cosmetic damage, missing pieces or any form of commercial branding.

 

Eligible Vehicles
Accepted Models:

A6, A8, Q7

All

5 Series, 7 Series, x5

Escalade

300

Caprice, Statesman

XF, XJ

Range Rover Sport

ES, GS, LS, RX

Ghibli, Quattroporte

Cayenne, Panamera

All

Model S

Genesis (must be custom-fitted with the Genesis, not Hyundai, badge above the rear number plate)

E-Class, GL-Class, ML-Class, R-Class, S-Class
Restricted Models:
  • Any vehicle not on the Accepted list
  • Any vehicle on the Accepted list without an official, registered Hire Class plate, or of a model year prior to 2010

 

 

 

Vehicle Requirements
  • Build Year: No earlier than 2010
  • Registration: Current NSW Registration
  • Number Plate: Hire Car (HC) registration
  • Seats: Vehicles must have Seats / seatbelts for a minimum of 6 passengers and the driver
  • Body: Drivers need to ensure there is no cosmetic damage, missing pieces or any form of commercial branding

 

Eligible Vehicles
Accepted Models:

Q7

X5

Escalade

Range Rover Sport

GL-Class, R-Class, V-Class

 

 

Restricted Models:
  • Any vehicle not on the Accepted list
  • Any vehicle on the Accepted list without a HC plate, a model year prior to 2010 or less than 6 passenger seats

 

 

 

Vehicle Requirements
  • Build Year: No earlier than 2010
  • Registration: Current NSW Registration
  • Number Plate: Registered Hire Car (HC) number plate
  • Body: Drivers need to ensure there is no cosmetic damage, missing pieces or any form of commercial branding.

 

Eligible Vehicles
Accepted Models:

A8 (D4/3rd gen.)

All

7 Series (F01/F02)

Escalade

XF, XJ

LS

Ghibli, Quattroporte

S-Class (W221, W222)

All

Model S
Restricted Models:
  • Any vehicle not on the Accepted list
  • Any vehicle on the Accepted list without an official, registered Hire Class plate, or of a model year prior to 2010

 

 

Conditions for driving UberLUX are that drivers must maintain an average rating from their riders greater than 4.6 stars. When you “Go Online” each time this is evaluated ; if your rating does not meet this threshold, your vehicle will be placed only on the UberBLACK product until your rating improves. This is managed automatically and cannot be changed by the Driver Operations team.

 

UberEATS is a new food delivery experience which helps bring riders the best food your city has to oer. After riders place a meal order on the Uber app, an UberEATS driver picks up and delivers the food in 10 minutes, making mealtime more accessible than ever.

You can deliver for UberEats using Car, motorbike, or bicycle

 

 

CAR

Vehicle requirements:

  • Must be 2001 or newer

Driver requirements:

  • At least 20 years old
  • Hold an unrestricted (full) NSW Licence. Must be a valid NSW licence
  • Pass a background check

 

MOTORBIKE

Vehicle requirements:

  • Must be 2001 or newer

Driver requirements:

  • Driver needs to be no younger than 18 years old
  • Hold a NSW Licence (probationary or full). Must be a valid NSW licence
  • Pass a background check

 

BICYCLE

Personal requirements:

  • Rider should at least 20 years old
  • Pass a background check
  • Be able to ride a bicycle around Sydney!

 

 

What if My Vehicle Does Not Meet UberX Requirements

 

It is not the end of the world if your vehicle does not meet UberX minimum requirements. Another option is to try driving for UberEats, you are able to use an older vehicle to deliver food as an Uber Partner or even use a scooter or bicycle if your fitness level can match.

Another option you can do is hire a rental car for Uber or simply purchase a new vehicle or second hand vehicle that is accepted. Please do your due diligence before committing to purchase a vehicle for driving as an Uber Driver.

 

 

Selecting which Uber Service to drive for in Sydney

 

When it comes to choosing which product of Uber to  drive, there are some factors to consider. In Sydney the available products are UberX, UberSUV, UberBlack, UberLUX, ,UberTAXI, UberEATS and UberASSIST.

 

UberX  is the bottom of the Uber products and usually the common day to day 4 door vehicles such as a Toyota Corrolla, Camry, Yaris, Honda Accord, Civic, Ford Falcon, Mondeo, Focus; Hundai i40, 120, Elantra, Sonata, Mazda 3, 6, 2, CX5,Holden Cruz, Malibu, Comodore etc. UberX is the most popular and most requested of the Uber brand but has the lowest rates and most competed by Drivers due to the ease of entry requirements. We recommend starting with this product if you are not sure which product to drive for.

 

Pricing

 

Base Fare:  $2.50 Per Minute:  $0.40
Per Kilometre:  $1.45 Minimum Fare:  $8.00
Cancellation Fee:  $10.00

 

If you want to go more luxurious the next tier would be the UberBlack cars.

 

UberBLACK was the very first car service that Uber offered and is essentially the luxury version of UberX. With UberBlack you arrive at your destination in style with a black-on-black luxury sedan with leather interior and superb comfort. This service also comes at a higher price than UberX.

 

Pricing

 

Base Fare:  $10.00 Minimum Fare:  $25.00
Per Minute:  $1.00 Cancellation Fee:  $10.00
Per Kilometre:  $2.90

 

 


UberLUX
is the ultimate luxury uber the Uber umbrella. Even the Drivers have to maintain a rating no lower than 4.6. Drivers that do not meet this or their vehicles become old will be relegated to UberBlack.

 

Pricing

 

 

Base Fare:  $20.00

 

Minimum Fare:  $30.00

 

Per Minute:  $1.00

 

Cancellation Fee:  $10.00

 

Per Kilometre:  $4.50

 

 

 

UberSUV this is the luxury SUVs such as BMW X5, Mercedes Benz GL-Class, R-Class, V-Class, Range Rover Sport, Audi Q7, Cadillac – Escalade etc

 

 

Pricing

 

Base Fare:  $20.00 Minimum Fare:  $30.00
Per Minute:  $1.00 Cancellation Fee:  $10.00
Per Kilometre:  $4.50

 

The above vehicle rates may look attractive and you might be thinking of driving for these, please note that these service vehicles are highly expensive and are not frequently used by the ordinary person on the street. However if your vehicle qualifies for these high grade products, you can also driver in the lower categories which gives you the advantage of switching between products.

 

 

 

Sydney Airport

 

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All Uber vehicles are allowed to drop off passengers at the Departure drop off zones of Sydney Airport.

It is recommended you familiarise yourself with the location of terminals and major routes to and from the airport. Sydeny airport has a handy tool to help you on their website. There is no bad thing as delaying a rider or making them miss their flight because you got lost.

It is important to clarify which terminal riders are flying from, as this will affect the route you take. Top Driver-Partners check whether riders are flying internationally or domestic, and confirm the airline, as soon as the rider enters the car.

 

 

Uber Sydney Hot Spots

Uber’s app is  24/7 throughout Sydney and below is some data captured from driver activity that picks up the trends of which areas are the busiest based on pickups and drop offs. One can increase their earnings by driving the peak periods plus any surge that may occur.

 

Uber Sydney Hot Spots - ezydriver

 

 

 

Uber Sydney Hub Spot Location

 

19 Victoria Ave, Concord West NSW 2138

Hours

Tuesday
  • 10am–6pm
Wednesday
  • 10am–6pm
Thursday
  • 10am–6pm
Friday
  • 10am–6pm
Saturday
  • 11am–4pm
Sunday
  • Closed
Monday
  • 10am–6pm

 

Nice to Know Facts & FAQ

 

  1. I want to become an Uber driver in Australia, what costs should I expect?

A: Uber is like any other business, you’ll have running expenses such as, fuel, insurance, and cost of mobile phone plan, vehicle maintenance, and car registration. You’ll also have some upfront costs such as Medicals and police clearance before you can start driving.

 

  1. Do I need an ABN?

Yes according to Uber, you are a contractor not an employee, so you must operate under an Australian Business Number (ABN) which you can register for here.

You will also be required to register for GST even if you are going to be earning less than $75,000. ATO requires all rideshare drivers to be registered for GST and you’ll be required to remit all GST collected. All Uber fares include 10% GST even though Uber itself does not pay GST as it’s not an Australian Registered Business. To help you estimate the likely payable GST we have a calculator to help.

It is also recommended to open a separate bank account so not to mix business income with personal funds.

 

  1. I’m on a 457 Visa, can I driver for Uber?

 

NO, according to your visa conditions you make not drive for Uber

 

  1. I’m an International student can I drive for Uber?

Yes as long as you’ve held a full NSW driver’s licence for longer than 12 months

 

  1. Can I drive with P-Plates?

No, you may not drive for Uber with P-Plates. You need to have held a NSW full licence for at least 1 year.

 

  1. How much is the Uber Fees?

Uber charges its old drivers 20% for every fare and 25% for all new drivers. No, you may not negotiate to vary this rate.

 

  1. If I drive for Uber in another state, can I drive in NSW?

No, you may not driver for Uber NSW if you are registered in another state.

 

  1. Can I drive for Uber with an Interstate Driver’s Licence?

No, you will have to convert the licence to NSW

 

  1. I have a full licence from overseas, can I drive?

First you need to convert to a NSW licence and have held a full NSW licence for 12 months.

 

  1. Can I drive under someone else’s driver profile?

No that is not allow and is considered fraudulent behaviour of impersonation

 

  1. I have a previous criminal conviction, can I drive for Uber?

Sorry, No you may not.

 

  1. How do I submit my BAS?

Once you register for GST, you elect which reporting periods you’ll follow. You can submit monthly, quarterly or annually. Please speak to your account for guidance and each person’s circumstance differs. You may either do the submission yourself or submit through a tax agent.

 

13.  But does Uber pay your Traffic Fines?

No Uber does not pay for your offences.

 

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