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All About Calgary’s Uber Replacement – TappCar

 

It is interesting to see that Edmonton-based ridesharing service-Tappcar, has made an entrance in Calgary shortly after Uber declared Calgary’s bylaw unworkable. The provisions of the bylaw which went into effect on the 4th of April 2016 stated that legalized transportation network companies must use a city-approved app. In addition to that, drivers must hold a Class 4 license (that lets you drive a taxi, ambulance or bus, including school or kindergarten buses, where seating capacity is not over 24, excluding the operator); undergo a police background check; pay annual administrative fees that amount to $500 and obtain provincially approved insurance coverage. This does not only make things difficult for drivers, but also makes it difficult for Uber to implement its business plan in Calgary thus forcing Uber to pull out of the city.
All About Calgary’s Uber Replacement TappCar

However, TappCar used this opportunity to debut its entrance into Calgary. The firm has shown its willingness to work within the city’s new livery transportation framework also making promises to make drivers happy and satisfy customers. According to Calgaryherald, TappCar’s spokesman Pascal Ryffel was reported to have said: “The main difference is that Uber came to the city with a business plan and they wanted to get the rules adjusted to their business plan. We looked at the rules first and then created the business plan according to the existing rules, and I think that’s how 99.9 per cent of businesses are done.”

 

More About TappCar

TappCar is a bit different as drivers are mostly employed to work under the service. Drivers who wish to apply only need to fill this form and proceed to sign up for the service. Riders can also book a ride online after downloading the app.

TappCar is currently available in Edmonton and Calgary. Full-time drivers on the platform are charged a $250 a week flat fee and this covers union dues, pension plan, health benefits and commercial vehicle insurance. Therefore, drivers are expected to make way beyond $1,000 a month, since this is the only logical way they would be able to afford the monthly levy.

It is doubtful that Uber will not make another play at Calgary. We would follow this story and give you necessary updates.

 

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Automakers and The Uber Effect

 

Before the advent of Uber, people who wanted luxurious travel had to get their own private cars or hire/lease luxurious vehicles. These cars cost an arm and a leg. They do not come cheap. Now, with Uber’s super convenient services, offering you affordable rides literally at your fingertips, it is interesting to think what this innovative development would mean for automakers.

Why then would you need a private vehicle?

 

Important Facts and Figures 

In 2014, Forbes reported a significant drop in car sales. As reported in that post: “Had it not been for car-sharing services, automakers would have sold about 500,000 more new cars over the past decade. And Alix believes another 1.2 million sales will be lost by 2021 as every new car added to the fleet of Zipcar, RelayRides and the like leads to a remarkable 32 personal cars never being purchased by regular folks.” However, this report was two years before we saw the explosion of Uber and other rideshare companies in various markets.

Let’s review more recent reports and surveys:

In 2015, a survey reported on CNBC revealed that some Uber passengers were holding off buying a car because of the ride-hailing app. The survey was said to have involved 2400 people, and 22% of them confirmed that they delayed their move to get a car because they had Uber.

In 2016, a report in Financial Post read: “The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) surveyed more than 4,500 users of shared mobility in seven U.S. cities and found that people who use services like Uber, Lyft and Zipcar are significantly less likely to buy a car and, if they do, tend to own fewer cars than those who don’t.” As reported in the FP post linked above, when discussing the change in their finances since Uber and others came into play, 20% of the respondents stated that they postponed buying a car, 18% said they decided not to purchase one at all, while 21% said they sold off their vehicle and didn’t see the need to replace it. 

AutomakersIts not far-fetched to postulate that people might begin to view owning private vehicles as unnecessary in the near future.

 

The Way Forward

Not to be left behind, the ride sharing industry has witness a surge of Automakers through partnerships and investments.  Earlier this year, General Motors plowed half a billion dollars into Uber’s rival company – Lyft while Apple sank a whooping $1 billion into China’s Didi ChuxingGett, a cab hailing startup  is a recipient of $300 million investment from the auto giant – Volkswagen. Auto giant – BMW first took a stab at ridesharing by working with DriveNow and is  now throwing its weight behind California’s carpooling startup, Scoop. Automaker Toyota, announced on the 25th of May, 2016 that it would be entering a partnership with Uber.

Through these partnerships and investments, auto companies are guaranteed sales (partnerships) and alternate streams of revenue ( Investments).

Also, developing autonomous cars in anticipation for the future is guaranteed to secure the relevance of auto companies.

 

Conclusion

Uber continues to apply a futuristic approach to its dealings and services, thereby making it in an industry leader while competing with auto companies. Kalanick, in an interview, confirmed the desire to be part of the future as the major reason why Uber is showing so much interest in the making of driverless cars. This is not the time for the auto industry to rest on its oars. The ability to anticipate consumer needs in the next 10 – 20 years will certainly help the Auto industry remain relevant in the future and compete effectively with players in the rideshare industry.

 

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Drive with Uber In Brazil

 

Do you want to drive with Uber in Brazil? This post is for you. In June of 2014, amidst the celebrations heralding the second global soccer championship in 70 years to be held in Brazil, Uber officially launched in the city of Rio, Brazil. The service has since expanded to over 40 cities in Brazil and is currently the fastest growing Uber market in Latin America. Intending and existing drivers in Brazil have the opportunity to drive with the rideshare giant and earn money on their own schedule. Are you ready to begin your journey into the world of Uber in Brazil? Then, let’s dive right in. uber in brazil

 

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

To become an Uber driver in Brazil, you will need to meet certain requirements first of which is the age factor. You have to be at least 21 years old. If you meet this requirement, please proceed to fulfill the steps listed below:

 

STEP 1 – Get your Documents Ready

  • A valid driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration documents
  • Vehicle insurance document (if you already have a car you intend to use)
    • policy of the type APP (Personal Accidents of Passengers)
  • You (driver) must be the holder, or at least a listed driver
  • Ensure the vehicle registration number is listed
  • Must clearly show a valid expiration date
  • A photograph of you (the driver). It must be a clear headshot.
  • Provide a photo of your CNH category B or higher with the remark “Exercise paid activity”.
    • Uber does not accept permission to drive, and require one to have permanent CNH`
    • If you do not have CNH, you can call the Detran of your State and ask to have this changed, which will require a psycho-technical examination and the issuance of a new CNH with the observation. The fees for this service vary from city to city and whether the exams are conducted at Detran itself or not.
  • A copy of your CRLV

Please Note:

It is essential to upload very clear pictures (jpg format typically has the least issues) in which all of the numbers and information on the pictures are very visible.  The name on the documents must match your official birth name and the name you provide on the Uber signup page.

 

STEP 2 – Signup Online

Once you have all of these documents, the next step is to sign up through the Uber website – using our link: www.uberkit.net/signup. (You get a signup bonus if you use our link, which has our signup referral code already pre-populated).

 

STEP 3 – Wait for Uber Background Checks

Uber will typically take up to two weeks to perform their background checks. Specifically they will take the documents provided in Step 1, and do the following.

  • A Criminal History Check
  • A Driving History Check
  • A psychological test

 

STEP 4 – Get an Uber Approved Car

As for the vehicle to use, you need to make sure it fits the car requirements specifically for Uber drivers in Brazil (or your specific city). Note – Uber has various services, so you should know which service you are interested in before buying a car (if you do not have one). See the section below on Selecting an Uber Service for more information on that. Some of these requirements include the fact that the car should be no older than 10 years (A model 2006 or later). The car should also have no major cosmetic damage.

Salvaged or rebuilt vehicles cannot be used, and full-size vans or marked vehicles such as taxis are a no-no, too.

 

What to Do if Your Vehicle Does Not Fit Uber Requirements

Keep in mind, there is no need to give up, if your personal vehicle does not fit the requirements that are necessary for an Uber vehicle—in fact, many people tend to invest in a new car before becoming professional Uber drivers.

However, I would recommend not going overboard when you are purchasing a new car to be used as an Uber vehicle. It is a good idea to select an average but sturdy car that is not a particularly new or fancy model but fits Uber’s car requirements. Note – See the “Nice to Know” section for due diligence you should probably do, before buying a car specifically for Uber.

 

Selecting an Uber Service

Another thing to keep in mind when you are selecting a car is which category of Uber you wish to work under. Uber in Brazil offers 4 Uber services, UberX, UberPOOL, UberSELECT and UberBLACK.

UberX is the mid-tier cost Uber service, and it also gets the most patronage from Uber passengers across the globe for this reason. This is the category I would recommend starting out with.UberX requires an everyday car such as a Toyota Prius, Honda Accord, Mazda3 or Mazda6, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Cruz, etc.

UberSELECT is a premium service which requires driver service and vehicle quality to be “first-class.” The UberSELECT service generally sits between the regular UberX service and the Uber BLACK service. To get high ratings, drivers will need to provide professional service at all times, considering the fact that these riders pay a little more than Uber X for the extra comfort.

With UberPOOL,  two or more riders are charged for the ride – with the fare split into fair shares for all passengers. Uber BLACK is an Uber service  driven by professional chauffeurs in luxury cars. The fare that you receive from passengers is generally about twice the fare that an UberX driver would receive.

 

STEP 6 – Uber Cell Phone

Once you have completed the preceding steps, you will have an option to receive an Uber-issued cell phone which will have the Uber application installed on it to allow you  get Uber passengers. However, if you wish to use your own smartphone, that is perfectly fine.

 

What to Do if Your Vehicle Does Not Fit Uber Requirements

If your personal vehicle does not fit the requirements that are necessary for an Uber vehicle, there is no need to worry. All you need is to decide on an Uber service, find a car that meets with the requirement of that particular service, and then hit the market. What’s more is, you do not necessarily have to buy a new fancy model car – a used car that meets the requirement should do. However, many people tend to invest in a new car before becoming professional Uber drivers. This isn’t a bad idea if you have the cash, just see the “Nice to Know” section for due diligence you should probably do, if you intend to buy a car specifically for Uber. You also have the option of renting an Uber Car, through recommended Uber Rental Partners. You can find out more once you start the online registration process here: SIGNUP ONLINE.

 

Nice to Know

If you want to become an Uber partner in Brazil, it is necessary to be aware of the fact that you will be forking over a certain amount of money to pay for fuel.

In addition to the afore-mentioned you have other costs like car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, and Uber royalties. If you are looking to do proper due diligence before acquiring a car and want to assess the profitability of Uber as a business whether as a one man business (a sole Uber driver), or as an Entrepreneur with multiple Uber cars in his/her fleet, then you might just need to check out either of our Uber Kits at the top right of the linked page:

 

Follow these steps and you will be on your way to becoming an Uber driver in Brazil.

 

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Drive With Uber In Philippines

 

Driving with Uber in Philippines is not a difficult process. Once you familiarize yourself with the necessary documents required by law for you to enrol as a rideshare driver, the big hurdle has been surpassed. Uber has simplified the process by breaking it down into steps to help you get started on your journey. Do you want to become an Uber driver in Philippines? Welcome, this post is for you. Now, follow these steps below: uber in philippines

 

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

To become an Uber driver in Philippines, you will need to meet certain requirements first of which is the age factor. You have to be at least 21 years old. If you meet this requirement, please proceed to fulfill the steps listed below:

 

STEP 1 – Get your Documents Ready

  • A Professional driver’s license
  • Vehicle’s certificate of registration documents
  • Comprehensive Vehicle insurance document (if you already have a car you intend to use)
    • You (driver) must be the holder, or at least a listed driver
    • Ensure the vehicle registration number is listed
    • Must clearly show a valid expiration date
  • A photograph of you (the driver). It must be a clear headshot.
  • DTI Business Name Registration (This can be done before or after the signup process)

Regulatory documents

All Uber partners in Philippines must apply with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) as a Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS). The LTFRB regulates ride sharing companies in the Philippines. The following permits must be applied for by all Uber partners:

  • PA (Provisional Authority) -is a temporary permit to operate as a TNVS, valid for 45 days and renewable for up to 135 days
  • CPC (Certificate of Public Convenience) -is an official permit to operate as a TNVS, valid for 1 year and renewable for up to 7 years.

 

Please Note:

It is essential to upload very clear pictures (jpg format typically has the least issues) in which all of the numbers and information on the pictures are very visible.  The name on the documents must match your official birth name and the name you provide on the Uber signup page.

 

STEP 2 – Signup Online

Once you have all of these documents, the next step is to sign up through the Uber website – using our link: www.uberkit.net/signup. (You get a signup bonus if you use our link, which has our signup referral code already pre-populated).

 

STEP 3 – Wait for Uber Background Checks

Uber will typically take up to two weeks to perform their background checks. Specifically they will take the documents provided in Step 1, and do the following.

  • A Criminal History Check
  • A Driving History Check

 

STEP 4 – Onboarding Process

After signing up and uploading the required information, everyone who wishes to become drivers in Philippines will need to go through an onboarding process. Uber uses this process as a means to ensure that the drivers are properly qualified and up to the standards that Uber needs to maintain for clients.

During this process, you will need to register on the Uber platform as a driver for the Uber services. You also will have to upload the prepared documents.

After this, you will be tested on all of the general knowledge that Uber drivers are expected to have. This is something that you can prepare for by asking already-employed Uber drivers for advice on what you should know for these tests. One way or the other, you will then be tested on knowledge of whatever part of Nigeria you wish to drive in. This knowledge is essential for a good driver.

After these tests, there will be a few more interviews and some onboarding sessions.

 

 

STEP 5 – Get an Uber Approved Car

As for the vehicle to use, you need to make sure it fits the car requirements specifically for Uber drivers in Philippines (or your specific city). Note – Uber has various services, so you should know which service you are interested in before buying a car (if you do not have one). See the section below on “Selecting an Uber Service” for more information on that. Some of these requirements include the fact that the car should be no older than 3 years (A model 2014 or later). The car should also have no major cosmetic damage.

Salvaged or rebuilt vehicles cannot be used, and full-size vans or marked vehicles such as taxis are a no-no, too.

 

What to Do if Your Vehicle Does Not Fit Uber Requirements

Keep in mind, there is no need to give up, if your personal vehicle does not fit the requirements that are necessary for an Uber vehicle—in fact, many people tend to invest in a new car before becoming professional Uber drivers.

However, I would recommend not going overboard when you are purchasing a new car to be used as an Uber vehicle. It is a good idea to select an average but sturdy car that is not a particularly new or fancy model but fits Uber’s car requirements. Note – See the Nice to Know section for due diligence you should probably do, before buying a car specifically for Uber.

 

Selecting an Uber Service

Another thing to keep in mind when you are selecting a car is which category of Uber you wish to work under. Uber in Brazil offers 4 Uber services, UberX, UberPOOL, UberHOP, UberCOMMUTE and UberBLACK.

UberX is the mid-tier cost Uber service, and it also gets the most patronage from Uber passengers across the globe for this reason. This is the category I would recommend starting out with.UberX requires an everyday car such as a Toyota Prius, Honda Accord, Mazda3 or Mazda6, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Cruz, etc.

With UberHop service, riders going towards the same direction during rush hour can share a ride.  UberPOOL is similar to UberHOP. However, the service is not restricted to rush hours. The service matches up to 3 riders headed in the same direction. UberCOMMUTE is a revolutionary service that allows normal drivers who are headed to work share their rides with others headed in the same direction. Through this, they can recover driving expenses incurred.  UberBLACK is a luxurious service that provides convenient and premium service to people with deep pockets. As an UberBLACK driver, you have to use sleek cars with black exteriors. The vehicle’s interior can be black, grey or beige with leather seats.  UberBlack drivers are entitled to higher fare rates compared to some of the other services.

 

STEP 6 – Uber Cell Phone

Once you have completed the preceding steps, you will have an option to receive an Uber-issued cell phone which will have the Uber application installed on it to allow you  get Uber passengers. However, if you wish to use your own smartphone, that is perfectly fine.

 

What to Do if Your Vehicle Does Not Fit Uber Requirements

If your personal vehicle does not fit the requirements that are necessary for an Uber vehicle, there is no need to worry. All you need is to decide on an Uber service, find a car that meets with the requirement of that particular service, and then hit the market. What’s more is, you do not necessarily have to buy a new fancy model car – a used car that meets the requirement should do. However, many people tend to invest in a new car before becoming professional Uber drivers. This isn’t a bad idea if you have the cash, just see the “Nice to Know” section for due diligence you should probably do, if you intend to buy a car specifically for Uber. You also have the option of renting an Uber Car, through recommended Uber Rental Partners. You can find out more once you start the online registration process here: SIGNUP ONLINE.

 

Nice to Know

If you want to become an Uber partner in Philippines, it is necessary to be aware of the fact that you will be forking over a certain amount of money to pay for fuel.

In addition to the afore-mentioned you have other costs like car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, and Uber royalties. If you are looking to do proper due diligence before acquiring a car and want to assess the profitability of Uber as a business whether as a one man business (a sole Uber driver), or as an Entrepreneur with multiple Uber cars in his/her fleet, then you might just need to check out either of our Uber Kits at the top right of the linked page: uber in Philippines

 

Adhere to these steps and you are well on your way to becoming an Uber driver in Philippines. Don’t forget to share your experience with us when you get on the road.

 

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All About the Uber and Toyota’s Partnership

 

Toyota has joined the bandwagon of auto manufacturers investing in ride sharing. The auto giant announced on the 25th of May, 2016 that it would be entering a partnership with Uber. Uber and Toyota would work on creating new leasing options that would allow Uber drivers lease vehicles with Toyota Financial Services providing financing to these drivers. This leasing program will be on flexible terms and drivers can cover their payments through their Uber earnings. Toyota also intends to sell cars to Uber.

Although there are no specifics per the financial value of the investment, it is very likely that this partnership would go beyond car sales or leasing programs. According to statements released by both companies, they would be: “sharing knowledge and accelerating their respective research efforts.”

All ABout Uber And Toyota Partnership

 

Possible Partnership Areas

Uber and Toyota’s partnerships would definitely serve their individual interests. For Uber, the company remains committed to improving the transportation sector and giving commuters superior service. Also, Uber has been investing heavily in driverless car projects and mapping technology. Toyota on the other hand has been opening research centers in several places in the U.S and also devised a plan to spend about $1 billion over a 5 year period on research and development of artificial intelligence, robotics and developing self-driving cars. Obviously, both companies have a common interest in self-driving cars and it is only necessary that both sides take advantage of this partnership to reach their shared goal.

For Toyota, an alliance like this is very necessary given that Uber and other rideshare companies are big threats to automakers. Several car manufacturers are trying to work with their competitors, mapping out strategic areas where some form of balance can be struck for the co-existence of both parties. GM has not only started Maven; their own rideshare arm, but has also invested in LyftVolkswagen has invested about $300M in Gett. All these are indicators that automakers are trying to kill the competition by joining forces to make the world a better place. This sheds more light on Toyota’s investment in Uber.

 

What This May Mean for DriversAll ABout Uber And Toyota Partnership

Toyota’s decision to sell cars to Uber invariably means Uber drivers stand to lease cars from Uber at even more favourable rates. Lease repayment will be flexible enough that partners and drivers that need to lease cars can do so and still make good profit at the end of the day.

Although Uber and Toyota have remained mute on the value of Toyota’s investment, we hope it’s significant enough to birth innovations that will serve both Uber drivers and the world at large.

 

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Why Uber Nigeria Replaced BLACK with SELECT

 

In June 2016, Uber Nigeria took a decision to end their UberBLACK service in the country. Uber in Nigeria decided to replace UberBLACK with UberSELECT. UberBLACK is an Uber service  where passengers are driven by professional chauffeurs in luxury cars. The fare that UberBLACK drivers receive from passengers is about twice the fare that an UberX driver would receive. 

Many users and drivers have wondered the reason for this pretty drastic move on Uber’s part. Uber launched in Ghana last year and limited its service offering to just UberX and UberSELECT. It also replicated this move in Uganda when the company launched there.

Although Uber Nigeria is yet to issue an official reason for ending the service in Nigeria, the reasons can’t be far-fetched. As previously stated, UberBLACK service is quite luxurious and can’t be described as cheap when compared to UberX. Only a few Nigerians will be willing to shell out the extra bucks required to patronize the luxury UberBLACK offers.  Uber NigeriaBy introducing the SELECT service, Uber will still offer luxury but at a more pocket friendly price. Upon starting the mobile app, a pop up message describes the Uber Select service as “a new way to get around Lagos in style and at an affordable price.”

At the launch of UberSELECT in the country, Uber Nigeria released a statement which reads: “Hey Lagos! We want to introduce you to UberSELECT, a new way to get around Lagos in style and at an affordable price! This will be at the same quality of the UberBLACK that you know and love but at a cheaper price point!”

By pushing the price factor in the introductory post, and most importantly, telling people that they won’t have to pay the UberBLACK price, suggests that Uber Nigeria is trying to say:” hey, we brought something cheaper, we hope you like it this time.”

 

Pricing

While base fare for UberX is N400, UberSELECT is about N500. Eligible UberSELECT vehicles include As Kia (Optima, Sportage), Hyundai (Elantra, ix35), Audi, Lexus, Toyota (Camry, Prado). This clearly depicts good value for a reasonable fare.

 

 

 

 

To signup for UberSELECT in Nigeria,

If you wish to sign up to drive for UberSELECT in Nigeria, please sign up through the Uber website – using our referral link: www.uberkit.net/signup.  (You get a signup bonus, which has our signup referral code already pre-populated). Note – the links redirect to the correct Uber URL

 

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Uber Vs Safaricom’s Little Cabs

 

Safaricom is giving Uber a run for their money in the Kenyan market since the company launched its own rideshare company, Little Cabs, in June 2016.

 

Uber Kenya

Uber launched in Nairobi Kenya in early 2015. Less than a year after this, the company expanded its service into the beautiful city of Mombasa. As usual, Uber faced some opposition in its early days of operation from regular cabs in Nairobi who were displeased with the advent of a service as sophisticated as Uber.  Little CabsTaxi operators expressed their displeasure by attacking Uber and drivers and destroying their vehicles. However, things shaped up as the service became more popular among Kenyans.

 

Details About the New Competition – Little Cabs

The new kid on the block offering ridesharing – Safaricom, is the largest company in East and Central Africa. Forty percent of the firm is owned and controlled by Vodafone. The company has decided to partner with Craft Silicon – both working tirelessly to build a brand of ridesharing. The service – Little Cabs now just “Little”, launched in June 2016. Bob Collymore who is the CEO at Safaricom, announced that the primary responsibility of the company would be to help develop and design the mobile application which would be the base of operation for the new service. In addition to that, Safaricom would offer network connectivity to users by planting Wi-Fi Adapters in the cabs.

In addition to the cash and debit card payment options for using this service, Little cabs will also process payments using M-Pesa, Kenya’s top mobile-phone based financial service. M-Pesa is the favoured mobile money service developed by Safaricom with 70% market share out of 14.2 million active mobile money users in Kenya.

In 2015, just 34.7% of Kenyans had credit cards, the majority – 58.4%, used mobile money accounts.

 

Pricing (Drivers and Riders)

Little cabs will take no more than 15% off driver earnings unlike Uber’s 25%. The company is also offering 0 Kenyan schillings as base fare and 55 Kenyan schillings per kilometre. This is slightly lower than Uber’s 60 Kenyan schillings per kilometre fare.

 

What This May Mean

Considering that Safaricom, as a communication firm, has been operating in this market before Uber, it seems necessary that the company will take advantage of the resources at its disposal.

Understanding how this pans out would definitely require a lot of follow-ups and we would make sure to bring you more details as they become available.

 

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Maximum Ridesharing Profits Review: Rideshare Max Gold Course

 

This blog post is a review of the Rideshare Max Gold course provided on the maximum ridesharing profits website (See our review of the standard courses here). This course builds on the rideshare max standard course by detailing even more useful tips for excelling as a rideshare drivers and earning more money on your schedule

 

The Courses

The courses provided on the website are divided into the following:

  1. Gold Courses (5 courses of about 15 – 20 minutes each)
  2. Standard courses (6 courses of about 20 minutes each)

 

About the Instructors

Harry Campbell: He is the owner of the popular rideshare website- Therideshareguy.com Rideshare Max and a rideshare industry expert.  He also has a hands-on experience as an Uber and Lyft driver in Southern California

Brian Cole: He is a top Cincinnati Uber and Lyft partner and the owner of one of the largest rideshare YouTube channels on the web.

Note -To the right (or below) on your browser is the picture of Harry Campbell.

 

 

Gold Course Review

Lesson 1: Where to Find More Pickups

Tutor:       Brian Cole

Review

The tutor begins by giving a quick rundown of tips given in the standard course and then goes on to build on it. By highlighting certain issues discussed in the standard course, he delves deeper and gives real life situations and examples to help drivers relate to rideshare driversthe topic. This lesson takes on a wider and more global perspective that appeals to different rideshare markets. Drivers all over the world can take advantage of the strategies illustrated in this lesson.  The tutor discusses great tips for getting more rides so you can increase your earnings.

Note -To the right (or below) on your browser is the picture of Brian Cole.

Pros

The lesson takes on a more in-depth and practical approach, giving drivers an opportunity to practice even while learning.

Cons

This lesson is not entirely original as tips from the standard course were reiterated here. However, the tutor took pains to explore these tips and gave a deeper analysis.

 

 

Lesson 2: Surge Pricing Strategies

Tutor:       Brian Cole

Review

This lesson describes surge pricing and how it works with Uber and Lyft. You will learn how to maximize surges and increase earnings. The tutor attempts to describe surge zones, when to take advantage of the surge and when not to. Surge pricing is an important element of ridesharing and this lesson is essential for all intending and exisrideshare driversting rideshare drivers.

Pros

The tips and strategies discussed are quite practical and useful. This lesson is a must-know for all rideshare drivers.

Cons

When discussing certain issues, it would have been nice if Brian had used scenarios that are applicable to a more global audience: Universal examples will go a long way to ensure the lesson benefits everyone. It was hard to follow the tutor when he was discussing surge zones. The tutor should try to explain concepts so that beginners will find it easier to understand the topic being discussed.

 

Lesson 3: Advanced Strategies

Tutor:      Harry Campbell

Review

This course reveals tips on how rideshare drivers can make more money by taking advantage of other opportunities offered by rideshare companies. This lesson takes on a wider approach and appeals to drivers in different markets. The tutor compares different rideshare companies and their offerings as well. These tips are discussed in detail with real life examples. Also, in this lesson, common inconveniences that occur in ridesharing like traffic and trying to find your passenger are discussed. Drivers are then taught how to still earn money inspite of these daily inconveniences.

Pros

These tips will be really beneficial for beginners who are still unfamiliar with ridesharing basics. The tips shared here might be known by more experienced drivers.

Cons

There is some repetition as well in this lesson as some of the tips have somewhat been discussed previously. Also, the strategies discussed will not be new to an experienced driver

 

Lesson 4: Answering the Tough Questions

Tutor:       Brian Cole

Review

As an aspiring or beginner rideshare driver, this lesson is for you. The tutor answers those questions that are important in making certain key decisions in your rideshare journey. If you wished for a genie to answer all those nagging questions you might have about rideshare, this lesson is for you.

Pros

The tutor is quite detailed as he provides answers to frequently asked questions. He draws on current happenings to back up his answers.

Cons

The lesson is quite short and answers just a few questions. For a lesson that is supposed to address frequently asked questions, it would have been nice if this tutorial had answered more questions.

 

Lesson 5: Tax Advice to Maximize Profits

Tutor:       Brian Cole

Review

Taxex! Taxes! Taxes. As  a 1099 employee, find out how to pay taxes without spending all your earnings. This lesson makes no assumption that rideshare drivers have a fair knowledge of paying taxes. Key attention to details is applied in this lesson so that drivers do not get into trouble for not paying taxes. The lesson also covers estimated tax payments, deductions and keeping proper documentation to help file those taxes correctly.

 

Pros

The course is quite detailed and appeals to laymen and experts. Although it is a serious topic, the tutor makes the lesson simple and easy to follow

Cons

If the tutor took a more practical approach in addressing this topic, it would have simplified things a great deal. By showing examples of relevant forms and records to fill, drivers can emulate such examples while filing their own taxes.

 

Case Studies Section of the Gold Course

This section addresses questions raised by members of the Maximum Ridesharing Profit community. Three case studies are addressed and they involve the tutor and the drivers who have questions or want to share their experiences. Through video conferencing and phone calls, the rideshare drivers speak with the tutor and they both have a type of Q&A session. The drivers also share tips and experiences they have gathered from driving. These case studies seem to be the most interesting and enlightening part of the Gold course. We will go on to summarize the case studies below:

 

Case study 1: Getting Familiar with a Brand New Market

This study seems to summarize a large portion of the Gold course. The driver who is based outside the U.S asks certain pertinent questions surrounding issues that are universal to all ridesharing markets. With this case study, drivers in different markets can apply the lessons learnt in their own cities and make things easier for them.

 

Case study 2: Networking and Building a Business while You Drive

In this study, you will learn how to grow earnings through networking while driving. Some Uber drivers are taking advantage of the platform to grow their other businesses. Unlike the previous case study, this Q&A mainly focused on learning how the driver carried out his other business while driving for Uber without offending passengers. The discussion is refreshing and shows a whole new perspective that can be explored as a rideshare driver. Be prepared for an interesting lesson with this case study.

 

Case study 3: Maximizing your Ratings

This study is not a typical Q&A session, as the driver instead relates his experiences as a rideshare driver and how he maximizes earnings while driving for Uber and Lyft. The driver takes us through his routine and how he handles different passengers in different situations. The tips and strategies discussed are sure to help any driver keep or increase their top ratings.

 

I think signing up for the gold course is a great idea. I would give it an 8 out of 10 because rideshare drivers actually have a lot to gain when they emulate the strategies highlighted. If you want to learn more about how to increase your rideshare earnings or how to  or Lyft driver, I would recommend you sign up to take the gold courses provided on the maximum ridesharing profits website.

 

If you would like to purchase Harry and Brian’s course, please use our link here:  http://maximumridesharingprofits.com/dap/a/?a=990.

FULL DISCLOSUE – We are a registered affiliate of Harry and Brian, and this review in no way compromises the integrity of our reviewer (Nkiru Enemchukwu) nor the quality of her review of the Maximum Rideshare Profits course.

 

Maximum Ridesharing Profits Review: Rideshare Max Standard Course

 

This post is the first in the series focused on reviewing the courses provided on the Maximum ridesharing Profits website. The Rideshare Max courses detail how to increase your earnings as rideshare drivers. Our review below analyzes all the videos in the standard course and breaks up our feedback into pros and cons. We have a follow up review of the more advanced course here (their Gold course), if you are interested.

 

About the Instructors

Harry Campbell: He is the owner of Rideshare Max popular rideshare website (Therideshareguy.com) and a rideshare industry expert. He also has hands-on experience as an Uber and Lyft driver in Southern California

Brian Cole: He is a top Cincinnati Uber and Lyft partner and the owner of one of the largest rideshare YouTube channels on the web.

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The Courses

The courses hosted on the website are divided into the following:

  1. Gold Courses (5 courses of about 15 – 20 minutes each)
  2. Standard courses (6 courses of about 20 minutes each)

 

Standard Courses Review

Lesson 1: Introduction to Ridesharing

Tutor:       Brian Cole

Review

Lesson 1 is a basic introduction to ridesharing and top rideshare rideshare driversservices in the U.S. The tutor tried to remain unbiased when describing the different ridesharing companies and which of these companies will help drivers get the most rides. The course covers rideshare apps by providing a light explanation on how they work, driver payments, and then discusses briefly how to pay your taxes.

Pros:

The course was quite succinct and straight to the point with little or no embellishments. As an introductory lesson, it touched relevant key areas that will prepare drivers as they start driving for the different rideshare companies.

Cons

When discussing Uber, it would have been great if the tutor gave a more global perspective rather than a local one. For example, Uber accepts cash payments in some cities outside the U.S. The course limited the lesson to Uber’s practices in the U.S alone

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Lesson 2: Ridesharing Basics

Tutor:       Harry Campbell

Review

This particular module feels a little too fast-paced. Be sure to have a notepad and pen ready to take down quick notes as the tutor gives out useful information in quirideshare maxck bursts.

This module covers key specific areas that are useful to any aspiring/existing rideshare driver. Drivers will learn more about the different types of services offered by Uber and Lyft. Car models needed by these ridesharing companies are also discussed. The tutor goes on to talk about relevant must-haves for all rideshare drivers and

Pros

Rideshare drivers get to learn a lot of tips for a short course. The information is firsthand and was garnered from a hands-on experience. Also, you will be equipped with useful information on how to get started as a rideshare driver.

Cons

The tutor runs through the lesson in a bid to save time (we hope). It would have beenen better if the pace were slowed down a little to help drivers assimilate more.

 

Lesson 3: Which Ridesharing Service Should You Drive For?

Tutor:       Brian Cole

Review

With this module, the information passed will help rideshare drivers decide what rideshare company to drive for or when to drive for the different companies. The tutor was impressively detailed bearing in mind the short time assigned for the course. In this lesson, you will also learn about the interesting history of the rideshare industry and the differences between Uber and Lyft. Drivers will be privy to other pertinent issues surrounding ridesharing and how it affects rideshare passengers.

Pros

The tutor is quite detailed and succinct. Irrelevant details are not mentioned and real life examples are used to drive home certain points.

Cons

Certain topics discussed should have more depth so no one is left hanging. Certain information like company policies and practices, and driver incentives will help drivers make better informed decision about what company to drive for.

 

Lesson 4: Providing the 5 Star Passenger Experience

Tutor:       Harry Campbell

Review

The video goes straight to the point in detailing tips to secure that by giving your passengers the ultimate ride experience. In this lesson, be prepared to gain a lot of tips and strategies on how to be the best rideshare driver ever. Various passenger scenarios are discussed and tips on how to handle these scenarios are also explored.

Pros

The tutor employs real life situations to drive home his points making the tips easy to assimilate and understand. The tips can also be used anywhere in the world.

Cons

There are some instances of repetition that were not totally necessary but the tutor insists it was done to emphasize certain points.

 

Lesson 5: Beginner Strategies To Make More Money From Ridesharing

Tutor:       Brian Cole

Review

This module kicks off with strategies on how to make money as a rideshare driver. This course is quite detailed and focuses on helping beginners find their footing in ridesharing. By relating past experiences while driving in Cincinnati, the tutor tries to be as precise and in-depth as possible.

Pros

Useful tips for your time on the road as a rideshare driver and how to earn more whether full time or part-time.

Cons

This course would have been more useful if the information was not central to the tutor’s city which is Cincinnati. Taking a global approach to the lesson will make it possible for drivers all over the world to relate to the course.

 

Overall, i think the course is a go. I would give it an 8 out of 10 because the tips and strategies given will be sure to help intending and existing rideshare drivers actually maximize their earnings. However, there are certain key areas like the different rideshare companies’ practices and policies that should have been discussed to help drivers make informed decisions. If you want to learn more about how to increase your rideshare earnings or how to become an Uber or Lyft driver, I would recommend you sign up to take the standard courses provided on the maximum ridesharing profits website. Also, we have a follow up review here on their Gold course if you are interested in reading this review.

If you would like to purchase Harry and Brian’s course, please use our link here:  http://maximumridesharingprofits.com/dap/a/?a=990.

FULL DISCLOSUE – We are a registered affiliate of Harry and Brian, and this review in no way compromises the integrity of our reviewer (Nkiru Enemchukwu) nor the quality of her review of the Maximum Rideshare Profits course.

 

Uber in France: UberPOP

 

In February 2014, Uber launched UberPOP as an equivalent to the regular UberX service. UberPOP was designed to function in countries where Uber faced regulations that allowed only professional drivers to drive. Uber In France

However, the service was banned in 2015 due to the unfair competition Uber in France presented regular taxi drivers who were required to undergo formal training. The service UberPOP allowed non-professional drivers drive with Uber in France, and when they were fined by authorities, Uber stepped in and paid the fines. This strategy adopted by Uber prompted an anti-Uber protest in cities in France that quickly evolved to a Guerrilla warfare between regular taxi drivers and Uber drivers in France as taxi drivers flipped over and burnt Uber cars. Also, Uber in France executives were arrested and allegedly arraigned before a court for operating illegal taxis. UberPOP was quickly banned by the French government and its services suspended. This move saw Uber in France join the list of cities where the UberPOP idea failed. Examples of other cities include Brussels, the Netherlands.

 

What Uber Thinks

Uber has expressed disappointment over the ban upheld by France’s highest court in September 2015 and is determined to work with the French government to create “new commonsense regulations that offer riders more affordable, reliable options and drivers new job opportunities.”

This ruling bears no effect on other Uber services in France that conform to regulations that mandate trained drivers for cab services.

Subsequent to this ban, Uber has been slammed with a fine of  $900,000 (€800,000) nearly a year after its suspension in France for its UberPOP operations between February 2014 and July 2015 and half of this fine is a suspended sentence. In addition to this, Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe GM Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty were also fined by the court in Paris as they were  held responsible for the UberPOP service. They have to pay $34,000 and $23,000 (€30,000 and €20,000) respectively. Similarly, half of these fines are suspended sentences.

 

In Conclusion

As a techcrunch post brilliantly suggested: ”It’s hard to tell whether the company introduced UberPOP to create a smoke screen and protect its UberX and Uber services, or whether the company truly believed that UberPOP had a chance. There is one thing for sure — all the other Uber services are now much less controversial and are here to stay in France.”

Uber is clearly no stranger to lawsuits and fines. Although it is not clear if UberPOP will be making a return to France soon, these fines will not put a dent on the ride sharing giant’s activities.

 

 

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