The incredibly popular taxi-booking app, Uber has made it easier than ever for private hire taxi drivers to find work. Instead of having to work for a taxi firm, you can instead pick up fares that are booked through the Uber app.
In order to become an Uber taxi driver, there are certain requirements you’ll need to meet. Below is a guide to help you get started, that covers everything from getting your own vehicle to getting licenced and getting private hire taxi insurance.
Getting a car
The most obvious thing you’ll need in order to work as an Uber driver is your own car. In order to meet Uber’s requirements your car must be 2008 or newer. There may also be other requirements depending on the city you want to work in.
If you don’t have your own car then you can use Uber’s Vehicle Solutions programme that gives you access to rental and financing options.
Getting a private hire licence
Uber taxis are private hire vehicles. This simply means that they must be pre-booked and cannot be hailed from the street, like say black cabs. This being the case you need to apply for a private hire taxi driver’s licence before you can work as an Uber driver.
The requirements to get a private hire licence will vary depending on which council you need to apply to. Some common requirements are –
- You must be at least 21
- You must have a full UK driver’s licence
- You must pass a medical exam
- You must submit to a criminal records check
Another thing you’ll need to have in order to work as an Uber driver is the right insurance. Sites like Multiquote Taxi enable you to get insurance quotes for an Uber taxi very easily. It’s simply a case of filling in a quote form and then being able to compare quotes from a number of different insurance providers.
Another good way you can keep the cost of Uber insurance to a minimum is by making your taxi as secure as possible. Taking measures like using CCTV in your taxi and making it so the doors can only be opened from the inside can help you keep you and your vehicle safe.