Before applying to be an Uber driver, it’s important that you understand how it works and what is required of you. There are strict guidelines that must be followed in order for you to be accepted as a driver, and then to continue working for the company.
These are some of the most frequently asked questions from people looking to work as an Uber driver. You should consider these questions before making your application, and seek more answers on the Uber website if you need any more help.
What is the background check process?
The extent of your background check will depend on the country and state you live in. For example, on January 1st 2017, a new law went into effect in California which bans registered sex offenders and those who have prior violent misdemeanours from becoming Uber drivers. This is common in many other states, too.
All Uber driver applicants will be put through an Uber background check, after filling out an online application form. The check looks at county courthouse records for all counties of residence for the last seven years, federal courthouse records for the last seven years, vehicle records, social security, the national sex offender registry and more.
Does Uber provide training?
Uber does not provide driver training, but will ensure that all drivers are familiar with how the app works and how to run their business. All guidelines will be provided to ensure that drivers can offer the best service. All drivers, however, must have a full licence to drive in Australia.
How long does an Uber driver wait between fares?
This really depends on the situation and the location. In busy cities during peak hours, an Uber driver may well have a job available as soon as they drop off a passenger at their destination. The Uber app has the ability for you to accept another trip before your current one is completed and hence offers you continuity of driving.
Journeys become less frequent the further out of main cities that you travel, and the less populous a place is. Owing to the surge pricing structure, however, drivers can earn more during busy hours to make up for downtime.
What are Uber’s car requirements?
Drivers for UberX, which is the standard Uber service, must have a 4-door sedan that seats at least 4 people. The vehicle must be no older than 9 years. Drivers must also have car insurance, in-state plates, a current car registration, and have passed the Uber vehicle inspection.
Cars must also not be taxi, marked or salvage vehicles.
How does an Uber driver report income?
Uber does not hire drivers as employees, which means all drivers are actually self-employed. Drivers are able to register expenses relating to their driving business, as they would with any other self-employed venture, and will need to report their income themselves.
These are just some of the most frequently asked questions by applicants, and if you’re uncertain about any other aspects relating to Uber, be sure to visit their official website.