Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years you will no doubt have come across Uber.
My decision to start this blog on my personal experience driving with Uber UK is down to the amount of conflicting information I have received.
Its safe to say that there are a number of hoops you need to jump through before you can hit the road as an Uber driver in the UK.
I hope to shine some light on the subject of becoming a partner with Uber and what you need to do in order to make money as a driver, using the Uber driver app.
Before I go any further – I am not yet on the road as an
Moving forward I intend to document my journey and hopefully offer some help to those considering, signing up as an Uber Partner. (driver)
- Why Uber?
- Getting the Ball Rolling
- Uber Ignition Program
- Timeline Of Actions
- Meeting With Local Council
- DVLA Group 2 Medical Standards
- Next Steps
- Start Up Costs
Not to “beat around the bush”… I’am not good with taking orders from a boss.
The attraction with Uber is that providing you have a smartphone, drivers licence, and a decent car, there is an opportunity to earn a wage, driving.
The flexibility of being able to use an app on your phone to give people a ride, whenever you want, has got me intrigued.
I am under no illusions that driving for Uber will be easy money, however,
As I currently spend a lot of time online, learning the ins and outs of online marketing and education, I hope that driving for uber will give me a decent income to allow me to continue and grow my online business.
As the early days of online business don’t come with any guarantees an additional income is a must and this particular opportunity interests me due to its flexibility and potential earning potential.
Getting The Ball Rolling
Before you even consider driving for Uber there are a few things that you need to be aware of.
- Car – To drive and earn as an Uber partner your own car is a must. If you don’t have a suitable car there are schemes to rent a car, however, the offers differ across the UK. Check suitable car requirements for your area here
- Licence – You will need to apply for a private hire licence (PVH) in order to drive for Uber. My advice, before you do anything else is to contact the licencing department of your local council as they should be able to steer you in the right direction and will email you relevant application information.
- Insurance – You will need a specific type of insurance policy referred to as – hire and reward. Prepare yourself to be hit with some pretty big quotes, especially as a new private hire driver. Some insurance providers who offer this policy can offer it on a weekly basis.
Uber Ignition Program
The Uber ignition program is in place to walk you through the process of obtaining your private hire licence and to get you on the road earning money.
For me, this was the first stumbling block.
Due to a limited number of sessions in my region, I couldn’t get an appointment.
After trying every day for weeks I got in touch with uber support for further advice.
My first contact was via Twitter and I received a reply within an hour or 2 informing me that my query had been passed on to the relevant team.
I was later emailed some instructions of the actions I could take myself in order to obtain my private hire licence.
Timeline Of Actions
- 1/10/18 Applied for Enhanced DBS check – (cost – £57)
- 15/10/18 Medical completed with GP (cost – £98)
- 14/11/18 Meeting with the local council to check all documentation is in order and to book relevant tests which are necessary to gain the licence.
- Currently waiting for knowledge, locality
assesmentsand child sexual exploitation course.
Meeting With Local Council
If you can’t get booked on to an ignition session or you are simply happy to get the ball rolling yourself, I strongly advise a phone call to the licencing department of your local council.
Unlike the action I took, you don’t need to do anything before you speak to the council licencing department.
Its safe to say that I jumped the gun a little which wasn’t necessary as the meeting I had with the council explained the process I should have followed and my overall experience dealing with them was 1st class.
During the meeting you will be booked on to the relevant tests which are made up of
- area knowledge
- child sexual exploitation course
as well as this you will also be instructed on how to book a mandatory driving assesment.
To be honest I wasn’t expecting to sit a driving test,
DVLA Group 2 Medical S
councils can differ in the criteria needed to gain a private hire licence and as the form filling process can be a bit of a headache it’s a good start to make sure you are on the right path.
For example – On my initial contact to Uber I was sent a link to download the relevant medical forms to be completed by my GP.
The forms sent were for Newcastle council and as I will be driving primarily in the Durham area I will be obtaining my private hire licence through Durham county council.
The medical questionnaires between councils are significantly different and as there is a cost involved to obtain a medical, its a good idea to get it right the first time out.
I’m currently booked in to sit my locality and knowledge tests with Durham county council
The tests were booked during my first meeting with the council and are only scheduled on certain days of the week.
from the date of the meeting there has been a 4 week wait to sit the tests needed to move forward with the application.
Driving assessments are not carried out by the council.
↘↘↘A list of driving assessment providers can be downloaded here ↙↙↙
Once you have passed the driving assessment you will be issued a certificate required to complete your application for your PVH licence
It should come at no surprise that you will incur some costs before you get on the road driving for Uber.
Below are details of my costs to date.
Depending on where you live in the country these costs can differ, however, from what I have seen whilst doing my research there shouldn’t be a huge difference in start-up costs across the UK.
- DBS Enhanced Check – £57
- Group 2 Medical Check – £98
- DBS Update service (this simply gives the council access to your criminal records moving forward and essentially means your DBS certificate will last a lifetime.) – £13 (renews annually)
- PVH licence fee – £68.50
- Knowledge and locality test. – £34.50
- Driving assessment – £78
Total – £349
With the exception of the update service (£13 annually), these are all one-off costs.
Obviously, none of the above costs include anything to do with a vehicle.
Personally I have been in the fortunate position of being able to purchase a decent car which meets the uber criteria and that will be comfertable to drive.
I appreciate that not everyone will be in this position, however this blog will document my journey as an owner driver.
I have briefly looked into rental costs if you don’t own a car which, at first glance seem quite high, however, this is something which would need a great deal of consideration if that is your only option to move forward.
Standby For Updates
That pretty much brings us up to date.
The process is quite long winded and drawn out, however, its important to remember that these things can take time.
If you are keen to try out Uber for yourself then please be patient and keep organised with your application process.
Please stop by for updates as I fully intend to document my own personal experiences as an Uber driver.
Watch this space people and hope I have helped……… For now.
So, Yesterday I had my driving assessment on the road to gaining my private hire licence.
I have done a short video on this, however.
If you prefer to read the blog rather than stare at my ugly mug for 5 minutes, I’ve updated this as well.
I’m pleased to say I passed and just as I thought, the assessment was nothing to worry about.
The assessment is simply in place to make sure you are an experienced driver and have the confidence to safely carry passengers.
The assessment was made up of some highway code,
The highway code questions to expect should be self-explanatory.
Get on YouTube and brush up on your road signs.
The questions and answers you may get on Cabology are:
Question. As a licensed taxi driver what must you carry with you at all times?
Answer. The taxi drivers licence and badge (displayed in a conspicuous place)
Question.If you found an item of property left in your taxi, what would you do with it?
Answer. Hand it in at a police station within 24 hours
Question. If the tyre pressures of the vehicle you are driving are 35psi (2.5 bar) at the front and 40psi (2.8 bar) at the rear, what would you consider the correct tyre pressure for the spare tyre to be?
Answer. 40psi (2.8 bar) because it would be easier to deflate to the correct pressure than to inflate the tyre at the roadside.
Question. As a taxi
Answer. The safety and comfort of your passengers.
Question. How would you show consideration for passengers alighting from your vehicle?
Answer. Stop close to the kerb and avoid proximity to any obstruction.
I don’t need to go into much detail here as the driving assessment is nothing more than a drive, in your own car with the assessor.
Its only natural before any kind of test to be nervous, however. If you are serious to be considering making money as a taxi driver then this should not be a problem for you.