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Become an Uber driver in Montreal, Quebec

 

Uber has come under fire in the past due to its perceived “relaxed” security policies when registering drivers on the Uber platform. Uber faced push-back in Montreal when the government insisted that all Uber drivers in the city must undergo “35 hours of training and have criminal background checks done by a police force.” Uber threatened to exit the province of Quebec but later backed down after they came to an agreement with the government of the province.

Now existing Uber drivers have 2 years to complete their background checks while new drivers get 8 weeks. This is a significant improvement as Uber drivers get to operate without pressure from the police or government.

Do you want to become an Uber driver in Montreal? This post is for you. Driving with Uber is one way to earn additional income.  It affords flexible hours and a chance to make good money on your own schedule. Follow the steps below and you will be well on your way to become an Uber driver in Montreal, Quebec.

 

 

The ‘Age-Factor’

Before you can drive with Uber in Montreal, you must know that Uber takes its age policy pretty seriously. This age policy varies for different cities. To become an Uber driver in Montreal, you have to be at least 21 years old. If you meet this requirement, please proceed to fulfil the steps listed below:

 

  • Must have a photo (clear headshot)
  • Drivers must provide valid Class 4C Quebec Driver’s License. Probationary or restricted licenses are not accepted.
  • SAAQ driving record
  • You (driver) must be the holder of the above, or at least a listed driver
  • Ensure the vehicle registration number is listed. The registration doesn’t have to be in your name but must be registered in the Province of Quebec
  • Documents must clearly show a valid expiration date
  • Drivers must pass a screening process
  • Drivers must have an accepted vehicle (check below for additional info)
  • At some point during registration, you would also have to take your car through vehicle inspection at an Uber-approved auto shop or Uber activation centre in your area
  • Vehicle insurance document (if you already have a car you intend to use). Quebec has approved an insurance policy from Intact Insurance designed specifically for ridesharing partners
  • No taxis, government cars or other cars with badges are allowed.

 

Additional Requirements

  • The Uber sticker must be displayed when you are driving with Uber. Place it on the bottom right side of the rear windshield. Not using the Uber sticker can result in heavy fines.
  • All Uber Partners must have GST-QST numbers to drive on the platform
  • Understand and speak basic French
  • To be eligible to drive with Uber in Montreal, you must not have more than:
    • 3 minor infraction during the last 2 years
    • no major infraction during the last 5 years

 

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

After you have gathered these documents and met the above requirements, you can move to the next step which is to signup online. The documents that you have gathered are what you would have to submit online. You can go here to sign up with our special referral link. This link redirects to the Uber official signup page.

 

STEP 3 – Uber Background Check, Police Background Screening and On-Boarding Process

Also, a background screening completed by a local Police is required to drive with Uber in Montral. Uber partnered with the Blainville Police and you can complete it directly at your Uber Centre.

Specifically, they will take the documents provided by the intending drivers in Step 1, and do the following.

  • A Comprehensive Criminal Background Check
  • Check to see if you have a clean driving record (to be sure that your license has never been revoked for any reason).

Subsequently, you will be tested on all of the general knowledge that Uber drivers are expected to have. You can prepare for this by asking already-employed Uber drivers for advice on what you should know for these tests. It is expected that as an aspiring Uber driver in Montreal, you should have great knowledge of the routes in Montreal without relying a great deal on maps. This knowledge is a must have for every intending Uber driver. After these tests, there will be a few more interviews and some onboarding sessions.

 

Become an Uber driver

STEP 4 – Get an Uber Approved Vehicle

It is important to note that Uber has various services which require different types of vehicles. You should decide on which of the services 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. Your car will be rejected if it has major cosmetic damage or it is salvaged (was involved in a major accident and had to be fixed with parts from other vehicles or rebuilt). There might be some extra requirements (besides the general) depending on the type of Uber service you choose. Your vehicle must be from the year 2009 or newer to become an Uber driver in Montreal.

 

Selecting an Uber Service

Selecting an Uber service is largely dependent on figuring out which one of the available services you can afford. For Uber drivers in Montreal, the services available are the non-commercial UberX and UberSELECT.

UberX is the mid-tier priced 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.

UberSELECT can be found in the same class as the UberX services but it is a step above the UberX. UberSELECT vehicles are classy entry level luxury cars (but not as nice as UberBLACK vehicles). Drivers in this service have ratings of 4.75 and above.

 

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, it’s not a problem. You do not necessarily have to buy a fancy new car – a used car that meets the requirements of your selected service should do. However, many people tend to invest in a new car before driving professionally with Uber in Montreal. This isn’t a bad idea if you have the funds. Please see the “Nice to Know” section below for due diligence you should probably carry out 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 begin the online registration process here: SIGNUP ONLINE.

 

STEP 5 – 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 driver application installed on it to give you access to Uber riders. However, if you wish to use your own smart phone, that is perfectly fine. You can read more on how to download the Uber driver app here

 

Nice to Know

If you want to become an Uber driver in Montreal, it is important to know that you will have to bear the cost of car related expenses like fuel, car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, Uber royalties and other maintenance related expenses.

 

If you want to assess the profitability of Uber – whether as a one man business (a sole Uber driver); or as an Entrepreneur with multiple Uber cars in his/her fleet, then you need to download either of our Uber Kits at the top right corner of the pages below:

That’s all you need to know to help you become an Uber driver in Montreal.

 

Uber Driving Tips: What You Should Know

 

Driving for Uber can be a great side job or a full time gig; whichever works for you. Earn money on your schedule and keep all your earnings. However, there are certain things every Uber driver should know. We will be sharing some Uber driving tips in this post. There will be a couple of surprises and some already known facts. The important thing is to be prepared and maximize the opportunity the job provides.

See below our top Uber driving tips.

You have to pay taxes on your earnings

Top of our list of Uber driving tips is paying taxes. As an Uber driver, you are not an employee but an independent contractor. This means you are responsible for paying taxes on your income. Uber is not responsible for doing this. You bear the brunt of all expenses and also taxes. You pay tax on your earnings after Uber has deducted its commission. It is important to be aware of this is it will mean your earnings will be lower than expected. Your take home at the end of the day can be quite a surprise.

 

You determine your hours

As I mentioned above, driving for Uber can be a great side job or a full time gig. You dictate your hours; you can decide to work for 2 hours in a day or 2 hours in a month. You can also decide to work around the clock. It’s all up to you. This is one of the many great perks of ridesharing, the opportunity of being your own boss. It affords flexible hours and a chance to make good money on your own schedule.

 

Manage your expenses

We understand that you need to keep up your ratings so you can earn those extra bonuses Uber offers top drivers. So you go overboard trying to attract those top ratings from customers by offering candy, visiting the car wash 2 to 3 times daily and so on. You need to pay attention to your expenses and do all that is within your power to keep them low or you will take home very little income.

Firstly, ration the amount of gums, water, candies, etc that you offer passengers. Do not leave the whole pack of candies or case of water out in the open. You can offer the passenger water during the trip. The offer might be turned down; this way, you actually give refreshments to people who actually need it.

Secondly, you can download map data for offline use to save phone data. Remember, “a penny saved, is a penny earned.”

Thirdly, find creative ways of cleaning your car while on the job without visiting the car wash. Make sure you have a dry rag and other cleaning products in the boot of your car.

Please note that your expenses can also help lower your tax bill, so be sure to track your mileage and other expenses so you can present them when you file your taxes. Uber Driving Tips

See our post here for more creative ways to lower your expenses.

 

Ratings are Important

Uber drivers can be reported and terminated from the service if there are passenger reports of misconduct on the part of the drivers. Frequent low ratings can get you kicked off the Uber driver platform. Always offer professional service to passengers and be on your best behavior. At the end of the ride, you can remind the passenger not to forget to rate you. It is well known that when Uber is introducing bonus features into a new market it usually offers this first to drivers with high ratings. This is one of the many reasons why you should try to keep up your ratings

 

Uber payment options

Uber drivers are paid either weekly or daily. This depends on the payment option you choose. See them below:

  1. Direct Deposits – This happens every Thursday via direct deposits straight into your bank account.
  2. Uber Instant Pay – With the use of your personal debit card, the Uber Instant Pay option allows you to cash out up to 5 times a day. However, you are charged $0.50 for every time you cash out. Also, most Mastercard, Visa or Discover U.S. debit cards associated with traditional checking and savings accounts are accepted when you use them on Instant Pay. Instant Pay allows drivers to cash out their earnings on demand (instead of waiting a full week!). The program disburses funds upon the driver’s request and has no minimum cash-out amount.

 

You can also request an Uber debit card that links to a business account setup through Uber’s partnership with GoBank. Disbursing to the GoBank card does not incur a $0.50 fee; however it involves all of the responsibilities that come with having a checking account. Visit the nearest Uber office to you to find out if this option is available in your state.

These Uber driving tips will help you run a profitable Uber business.

 

Are you an Uber Driver and/or Entrepreneur? Did you enjoy this post? Are you looking for other ways to optimize your Ridesharing Business?-If your answer is yes to all three question, and you have not downloaded our kit(s) – you need to do so now and join thousands of other Uber drivers by clicking the Download link at the top right of this page, or by going here or here.

Uber Lost and Found: I Lost or Found An Item

 

Driving for Uber is a great way to earn money on your own schedule. Basically, you decide how busy you want to be by picking your hours. The job is easy and depending on your city, you get the chance to pick up and drop off multiple Uber passengers daily.  Sometimes, riders may forget their personal belongings like phones and other items in your car. This happens a lot and prompted Uber to write an article titled – Uber Lost and Found. It details items commonly forgotten in an Uber. So, what do you do when this happens to you?

In this post, we will discuss what a driver should do when an Uber rider forgets an item in an Uber. We will also review steps the rider should take to retrieve the item. Uber Lost and Found

 

Uber Lost and Found – What to do as an Uber driver:     

In some cases, the passenger remembers and begins to flood your phone with calls and texts asking how to retrieve the forgotten item. As an Uber driver, what do you do when an Uber passenger forgets an item in your vehicle?

It is important to be respectful to your passengers as Uber always asks passengers to rate their drivers. Also, Uber drivers can be reported and terminated from the service if there are passenger reports of misconduct on the part of the drivers. So, no matter how persistent and burdensome the passenger becomes, do not get irate or irritated. Keep your calm.

The process to follow is quite simple. See below:

  • Take a picture of the item
  • Share details of the item and the photo with Uber here
  • Uber will try to contact the rider and help arrange a convenient time and place to meet within 48 hours
  • Keep the item safe till it has changed hands
  • In some cities like Boston and Chicago, Uber will charge the rider $15 and it will be used to compensate the driver. This policy will soon be introduced globally. This fee will be given to you with no deductions.

 

Uber Lost and Found -What to do as an Uber rider:

  • Open the Uber app
  • Click menu, then “Help”
  • Click Trips and Fare Review” and select the trip you took
  • Select “I lost an item,” then “Contact my driver about a lost item”
  • Input your phone number and click submit

Please note that you might be charged a fee of $15 once you retrieve your item. This fee is a compensation that will be transferred to the driver who returned your item.

Please do not bombard the Uber driver with calls and demands. The driver is working and will decide on a convenient time to return your item.

 

Conclusion

It is important for Uber riders to do a quick sweep of the vehicle before alighting. This way you can grab any forgotten item before the driver leaves. Also it is important for drivers as well to remind passengers to check the vehicle for any forgotten item before driving off.

 

Are you an Uber Driver and/or Entrepreneur? Did you enjoy this post? Are you looking for other ways to optimize your Ridesharing Business?-If your answer is yes to all three question, and you have not downloaded our kit(s) – you need to do so now and join thousands of other Uber drivers by clicking the Download link at the top right of this page, or by going here or here.

 

 

 

 

 

Handling an Accident While Driving For Uber

 

As an Uber driver, getting into accident while driving for Uber can be nerve wracking. Not only are you worried about yourself and your vehicle; you might be carrying a passenger who might also be at risk. As an Uber driver, you are bound to spend quite a number of hours on the road and as they say, “accidents happen”. To ensure that you have some kind of protection when accidents happen, it is important to have some degree of insurance coverage. In some instances, Uber’s insurance will kick in while in other instances, your insurance will have to cover the cost of the damages (we will review these instances momentarily).

It is important to know what to do in tricky situations like this. In this post, we will describe steps to take and certain precautions to abide by when in an accident while driving for Uber

This tips will ensure you have sufficient information to back up your claims. Accident While Driving For Uber

Before we tell you what steps to take, let’s review in 3 instances when Uber’s insurance will likely kick in.

 

  • When you log into the app and waiting for a ride request

In this instance called Period 1, you might want to contact your insurance provider. Ensure that your insurance provider has prior knowledge of your job as a rideshare driver. This way, they can provide you with adequate cover that will kick in for this situation. If they do not know you are a rideshare driver prior to your accident, they might refuse your insurance claims. Uber will not provide collision cover but might spring to provide liability cover (at a much limited rate).

 

  • When you accept the ride request and on your way to pick up the passenger

In this situation, Uber provides liability and collision coverage of up to $1 million dollars with a $1000 deductible.

 

  • When you pick up a passenger and driving to their destination

Uber provides liability and collision coverage of up to $1 million dollars with a $1000 deductible.

 

What to do when you are involved in an accident while driving for Uber:

 

  1. It is important to stay calm
  2. Check to see if you and your passengers have injuries or are in harm’s way
  3. Call the paramedics and the police if necessary
  4. Within the first minutes of the accidents, use your phone to take pictures of the scene; focus on details like the damage to your vehicle from all angles, the other party’s license plate, vehicle, drivers’ license and insurance card.
  5. Check for witnesses and get their information. Be sure they are willing to corroborate their version of the accident when called upon to do so.
  6. Never accept you are at fault. Just listen and take notes if possible
  7. Overall be polite and respectful. Do not get into altercations that might escalate the situation.
  8. If asked for your insurance details, provide Uber’s insurance details. This information can be found on the Uber app. Relay this information to the other party.

 

Once you have done all the above, contact the nearest Uber local office in your city or find help within the app. According to Uber’s website, to relay the details of the accident; Head to Trip Issues and Fare Adjustments on the app > I was in an accident. Then, let Uber know what happened. Uber will reach out to confirm everyone’s safety and gather any other required information.

 

Conclusion

Your online status on the Uber driver app during the accident will determine who to contact during an accident. If you were offline, it is best to contact your personal insurance company as Uber will not bear responsibility. If you were on online mode in the driver app and driving to pick up a passenger or drop off a passenger, you must contact Uber first. The important thing is to handle things professionally if you get in an accident while driving for Uber.

During investigations, Uber will deactivate your account and this can take up to few weeks. You will not be allowed to pick up passengers until investigations have been concluded.

We wish you safe driving.

 

Are you an Uber Driver and/or Entrepreneur? Did you enjoy this post? Are you looking for other ways to optimize your Ridesharing Business?-If your answer is yes to all three question, and you have not downloaded our kit(s) – you need to do so now and join thousands of other Uber drivers by clicking the Download link at the top right of this page, or by going here or here.

 

 

Dash Cams for Uber Drivers On Amazon

 

The flexibility that Uber affords drivers is probably the primary reason why it continues to attract new drivers daily. As an Uber driver, you are your own boss and get to keep all your earnings except the commission Uber requires for every completed ride. This also means you are responsible for yourself and your passengers; therefore, you have to do everything within your power to ensure your trips are hitch-free. In some instances when things are beyond your control, you can take precautions to ensure you have your back covered. Dash Cams

There are certain items every Uber driver needs. These items were designed to make driving easier and smoother. Also, they can help you get out of sticky situations when used properly. At the top of this list are dash cams. In situations where drivers are robbed, assaulted physically or involved in accidents, dash cams can help provide evidence to help you make your case with the police, Uber and your Insurance companies. In this post, we will review top dash cams for Uber drivers based on Amazon reviews.

 

WheelWitness HD PRO Dash Cam with GPS

One great thing about this cam is its 560×1080 / 2306x1296P super HD resolution which also provide a wide angle for your recordings. When you buy this dash cam, you get free 16GB microSD and it is GPS enabled. There is a time stamp and date on every recording and once the storage gets full, unprotected old videos are automatically deleted to make room for new ones. It is easy to setup and mount. With WDR/HDR technology, this camera can record at all times of the day and during any weather.

Get it now for just $124.99

 

Z-Edge Z3

This item boasts many features designed to record great videos while driving and even when parked. With its G sensor, the Z edge detects when the car has been hit and immediately protects your videos from damage while recording the incident as well. It comes with a 32 SD card to provide enough space for storage. The video resolution is also great at 1920 x1080p with wide angle coverage. Reviews have raved about the seller’s exceptional customer service as complaints have been resolved rapidly and faulty cams replaced with new ones. This dash cam is easy to install and each video comes with a time stamp and date.

Get this dash cam now for $99.99

 

Pyle Newest Technology HD 3 Camera Dash Cam 

This dash cam is pretty easy to install; just clip it on your rearview mirror and you’re good to go. It comes equipped with 3 cameras – 2 front cameras and one external camera for seeing the road ahead. This is great as you don’t have to buy multiple dash cams. Other features include HD 1080p Recording & Hi-Res Image Capture; Built-in Microphone for Audio Recording; 4 side tilting for recording best angles; time and date stamps. The reviews on this product are mostly positive with lots of recommendations.

Get this for $119.97

 

Hisili 3″ LCD Dash Cam

The Hisili 3 inch camera brings the phrase “big things come in small packages” to mind. It supports up to 32gb storage card; HD Video 1920*1080 resolution; loop recording that ensures old videos are automatically deleted to make room for new ones. Videos are also time stamped with dates and you have the option of removing the timestamp feature before recording.

Equipped with G sensor, this dash cam detects when the car has been hit and immediately protects your videos from damage while recording the incident as well. Users have also raved about stellar seller support so you don’t have much to worry about.

Get this dash cam for just $48

 

 

Are you an Uber Driver and/or Entrepreneur? Did you enjoy this post? Are you looking for other ways to optimize your Ridesharing Business?-If your answer is yes to all three question, and you have not downloaded our kit(s) – you need to do so now and join thousands of other Uber drivers by clicking the Download link at the top right of this page, or by going here or here.

 

Drive with Uber In Nairobi, Kenya

 

With over 5000 drivers signed up to the Uber service in Kenya, driving for Uber is one way to grow your income on your own terms. If you want to become an Uber driver and need directions on how to begin, you have come to the right place. Kenya is Uber’s second largest market in Africa with over 363,000 riders and counting. This post will relay step by step process to driving with Uber in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

Drive With Uber In Nairobi

The ‘Age-Factor’

Before you can drive with Uber in Nairobi, you must know that Uber takes its age policy pretty seriously. This age policy varies for different cities. To become an Uber driver in Nairobi, you have to be at least 21 years old. If you meet this requirement, please proceed to fulfil the steps listed below:

 

  • Must have a photo (clear headshot)
  • Drivers must provide valid driver’s license
  • Must have National ID card
  • PSV Insurance for your vehicle
  • Have a valid phone number and email
  • Ensure the vehicle registration number is listed
  • Uber in Nairobi accepts both official and temporary registration documents
  • The vehicle does not need to be registered in your name to qualify
  • Documents must clearly show a valid expiration date
  • Drivers must pass a screening process
  • Drivers must have an accepted vehicle (check below for additional info)
  • At some point during registration, you would also have to take your car through vehicle inspection at an Uber-approved auto shop or Uber activation centre in your area
  • Vehicle insurance document (if you already have a car you intend to use)

 

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

After you have gathered these documents and met the above requirements, you can move to the next step which is to signup online. The documents that you have gathered are what you would have to submit online. You can go here to sign up with our special referral link. This link redirects to the Uber official signup page.

 

Uber In Nairobi

STEP 3 – Uber Background Check and On-Boarding Process

Uber will typically take between 2 to 4 weeks to perform their background checks. Specifically, they will take the documents provided by the intending drivers in Step 1, and do the following.

  • A Comprehensive Criminal Background Check
  • Check to see if you have a clean driving record (to be sure that your license has never been revoked for any reason).

Subsequently, you will be tested on all of the general knowledge that Uber drivers are expected to have. You can prepare for this by asking already-employed Uber drivers for advice on what you should know for these tests. It is expected that as an aspiring Uber driver in Nairobi, you should have great knowledge of the routes in Nairobi without relying a great deal on maps. This knowledge is a must have for every intending Uber driver. After these tests, there will be a few more interviews and some onboarding sessions.

 

STEP 4 – Get an Uber Approved Vehicle

It is important to note that Uber has various services which require different types of vehicles. You should decide on which of the services 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. Your car will be rejected if it has major cosmetic damage or it is salvaged (was involved in a major accident and had to be fixed with parts from other vehicles or rebuilt). There might be some extra requirements (besides the general) depending on the type of Uber service you choose. Your vehicle must be from the year 2006 or newer.

 

 

Selecting an Uber Service

Selecting an Uber service is largely dependent on figuring out which one of the available services you can afford. The Uber services available in Nairobi are the non-commercial UberX; UberSELECT and UberCHAPCHAP.

UberX is the mid-tier priced 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.

UberSELECT can be found in the same class as the UberX services but it is a step above the UberX. UberSELECT vehicles are classy entry level luxury cars (but not as nice as UberBLACK vehicles). Drivers in this service have ratings of 4.75 and above.

UberCHAPCHAP was introduced in Nairobi in 2018. Chap Chap which means “hurry hurry” was designed to provide quick and inexpensive mode of transportation. To ensure that riders can afford this service, Uber teamed up with CMC motors to import fuel efficient vehicles, the Suzuki Altos that will be offered to Uber drivers with high ratings. Stanbic bank will be financing these vehicles for drivers and drivers will be able to own these vehicles in three years.

 

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, it’s not a problem. You do not necessarily have to buy a fancy new car – a used car that meets the requirements of your selected service should do. However, many people tend to invest in a new car before driving professionally with Uber in Nairobi. This isn’t a bad idea if you have the funds. Please see the “Nice to Know” section below for due diligence you should probably carry out 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 begin the online registration process here: SIGNUP ONLINE.

 

Uber Rates in Nairobi

UberX
Base Fare: KES 85
Per Minute: KES 4
Per Mile: KES 27
Cancellation Fee: KES 150
UberSELECT
Base Fare: KES 100
Per Minute: KES 4
Per Mile: KES 43
Cancellation Fee: KES 200

UberCHAPCHAP

Base Fare: KES 80
Per Minute: KES 4
Per Mile: KES 16
Cancellation Fee: KES 100

 

STEP 5 – 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 driver application installed on it to give you access to Uber riders. However, if you wish to use your own smart phone, that is perfectly fine. You can read more on how to download the Uber driver app here

 

Nice to Know

If you want to become an Uber driver in Nairobi, it is important to know that you will have to bear the cost of car related expenses like fuel, car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, Uber royalties and other maintenance related expenses.

 

If you want to assess the profitability of Uber – whether as a one man business (a sole Uber driver); or as an Entrepreneur with multiple Uber cars in his/her fleet, then you need to download either of our Uber Kits at the top right corner of the pages below:

 

That’s all you need to know about driving with Uber in Nairobi.

 

 

All About Uber Express Pool Service

 

Uber continues to dominate existing and new markets with variety of services tailored to suit the needs of customers. Selecting an Uber service to use is largely dependent on figuring out which one of the available services you can afford. Uber’s mid-tier priced services include the UberX, UberXL and UberPOOL; with UberPOOL being the cheapest. UberPOOL allows two or more riders to share a ride with the fare split into fair shares for all passengers. To use the service, select UberPOOL and set your pickup location and destination. You’ll see a guaranteed fare in the app. Riders would most likely get matched with another rider traveling the same way. Whether or not you are connected with another rider, you’ll always pay the guaranteed fare.

Now, Uber has introduced Uber Express Pool modeled after the UberPOOL service with some changes. The service first piloted in San Francisco and has now spread to 6 more cities: Los Angeles, Washington D.C, Denver, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego with the hope of spreading to further. Uber Express Pool

 

How does Uber Express Pool work for riders?

With Uber Express POOL, passengers will be asked to walk to a pick up location or be dropped off in a dropoff point close to their destination. This is an effort to make the POOL routes more direct. Riders around you will be asked to wait for a few minutes at the pickup location. Riders will also split the fare just like UberPOOL. It is about 25 – 50 percent cheaper than the UberPOOL service.

Bear in mind that the UberPOOL option is still available and riders can select whether to be picked up from their homes using UberPOOL; or walk to a pickup location with Uber Express POOL.

 

What is in it for drivers?

Unlike UberPOOL where drivers have to drive to different pickup locations, the pickup location is just one spot. According to Uber, “you’ll earn the new flat fare for every added pickup stop, in addition to your usual POOL rates.”

 

Conclusion

At this rate, Uber is competing with public transport rates. It is even modeled after public transportation where riders walk to the bus stop to wait for a bus. Now riders have a pre-determined pickup spot where they wait for a few minutes for the Uber driver to arrive. The service is better that public transportation because it is a more comfortable way to ride.

Uber is seeking to make the cost of transportation dirt cheap making it possible for everyone to ride the Uber way.

 

 

Are you an Uber Driver and/or Entrepreneur? Did you enjoy this post? Are you looking for other ways to optimize your Ridesharing Business?-If your answer is yes to all three question, and you have not downloaded our kit(s) – you need to do so now and join thousands of other Uber drivers by clicking the Download link at the top right of this page, or by going here or here.

 

All About Uber In Lisbon, Portugal

 

Over the years, Uber has experienced push-back as they launched in certain cities. These push-backs came in form of protests by local taxi drivers, bans and even fines from local police. Uber in Lisbon, Portugal is not left out. In 2016, Lisbon taxi drivers staged protests that resulted in traffic gridlock in the city. Local taxi operators were unhappy that rideshare companies like Uber were exempt from certain transport regulations.

Through all these, Uber has either stood its ground or retreated. In Taiwan, Uber stopped operations after it was banned for operating illegally. The ride share giant later resumed operations after it came to terms with state laws.

In France, Uber’s service UberPOP was quickly banned by the French government due to the unfair competition. The UberPOP service allowed non-professional drivers to drive with Uber, and when they were fined by authorities, Uber stepped in and paid the fines.

Meanwhile, regular taxi drivers were required to undergo formal training. This strategy adopted by Uber prompted an anti-Uber protest in cities in France that quickly evolved to Guerrilla warfare between regular taxi drivers and Uber drivers in France as taxi drivers flipped over and burnt Uber cars.

In Portugal, thousands of taxi drivers united and brought traffic to a crawl prompting local police to be on standby in case of violence. In late 2017, Uber drivers staged a protest citing the unfair fines meted on them by local police in Portugal.

It remains unclear if Uber has been declared legal in the city but the service continues to operate.

 

Drive With Uber in Lisbon

Driving with Uber in Lisbon is not complicated. Follow a few steps while deciding on a service that suits you and you are well on your way to earning money on your schedule.

 

The ‘Age-Factor’

Before you can drive with Uber in Lisbon – Portugal, you must know that Uber takes its age policy pretty seriously. This age policy varies for different cities. To join Uber as a driver in Lisbon, you have to be at least 21 years old. If you meet this requirement, please proceed to fulfil the steps listed below:

 

STEP 1 – Ready Your Documents

  • Must have a photo (clear headshot)
  • Drivers must provide valid driver’s license
  • Drivers must pass a screening process (details below)
  • Drivers must have an accepted vehicle (check below for additional info)
  • A TNC License.
  • At some point during registration, you would also have to take your car through vehicle inspection at an Uber-approved auto shop or Uber activation centre in your area
  • Vehicle insurance document (if you already have a car you intend to use)
  • You (driver) must be the holder of the above, or at least a listed driver
  • Ensure the vehicle registration number is listed
  • Documents must clearly show a valid expiration date

 

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.

 

Uber In Lisbon

STEP 2 – Signup

After you have gathered these documents and met the above requirements, you can move to the next step which is to signup online. The documents that you have gathered are what you would have to submit online. You can go here to sign up with our special referral link. This link redirects to the Uber official signup page.

 

STEP 3 – Uber Background Check and On-Boarding Process

Uber will typically take between 2 to 4 weeks to perform their background checks. Specifically, they will take the documents provided by the intending drivers in Step 1, and do the following:

  • A comprehensive criminal background check
  • Check to see if you have a clean driving record (to be sure that your license has never been revoked for any reason).

Subsequently, you will be tested on all of the general knowledge that Uber drivers are expected to have. You can prepare for this by asking already-employed Uber drivers for advice on what you should know for these tests. It is expected that as an aspiring Uber driver in Lisbon, you should have great knowledge of the routes in Lisbon without relying a great deal on maps. This knowledge is a must have for every intending Uber driver. After these tests, there will be a few more interviews and some onboarding sessions.

 

STEP 4 – Get an Uber Approved Vehicle

It is important to note that Uber has various services which require different types of vehicles. You should decide on which of the services 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. Your car will be rejected if it has major cosmetic damage or it is salvaged (was involved in a major accident and had to be fixed with parts from other vehicles or rebuilt). There might be some extra requirements (besides the general) depending on the type of Uber service you choose.

 

Selecting an Uber Service

Selecting an Uber service is largely dependent on figuring out which one of the available services you can afford. You have a choice between the non-commercial UberX, UberGREEN and the commercial UberBLACK.

UberX is the mid-tier priced 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.

With UberBLACK, riders should expect to be picked up by professionally trained drivers who dress to suit the service. Drivers in this service are held to high standards. It is the most expensive and classiest service with black high-end vehicles. This service always has a limited number of cars operating in cities. Vehicles under this service include Acura: RDX, RLX, TL, TLX, RSX, Toyota: Land Cruiser, Sequoia and others.

UberGREEN involves the use of electric cars in a bid to reduce carbon footprint in the environment.

 

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, it’s not a problem. You do not necessarily have to buy a fancy new car – a used car that meets the requirements of your selected service should do. However, many people tend to invest in a new car before driving professionally with Uber in Lisbon. This isn’t a bad idea if you have the funds. Please see the “Nice to Know” section below for due diligence you should probably carry out 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 begin the online registration process here: SIGNUP ONLINE.

 

 

Uber in Lisbon Rates & Prices:

The current rates for Lisbon services are as follows:

UberX
Base Fare: €1

Per Minute: €0.10

Per Km: €0.65

Cancellation Fee: €2.50

Service Fees: €0

Minimum Fare: €2.50

 

UberBLACK

Base Fare: €2

Per Minute: €0.40

Per Km: €1

Cancellation Fee: €6

Service Fees: €0

Minimum Fare: €6

 

UberGREEN

Base Fare: €1

Per Minute: €0.10

Per Km: €0.65

Cancellation Fee: €2.50

Service Fees: €0

Minimum Fare: €2.50

 

STEP 5 – 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 driver application installed on it to give you access to Uber riders. However, if you wish to use your own smart phone, that is perfectly fine. You can read more on how to download the Uber driver app here.

 

Nice to Know

If you want to drive with Uber in Lisbon, Portugal, it is important to know that you will have to bear the cost of car related expenses like fuel, car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, Uber royalties and other maintenance related expenses. If you want to assess the profitability of Uber – whether as a one man business (a sole Uber driver); or as an Entrepreneur with multiple Uber cars in his/her fleet, then you need to download either of our Uber Kits at the top right corner of the pages below:

 

That is all there is to know about Uber in Lisbon, Portugal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What To Do When An Uber Rider Damages Your Vehicle

 

It is true that passengers are the life line of your Uber business; but what do you do when they cause you more harm than good? Before we explore this dilemma, every Uber driver needs to know that passengers can make or mar your Uber business. An Uber rider expects professional service from drivers at all times and drivers need to meet this expectation. Satisfied passengers will guarantee repeat businesses and help keep up your ratings.

Note that Uber drivers can be reported and terminated from the service if there are passenger reports of misconduct on the part of the drivers.

There are instances where as an Uber driver, you feel helpless and this can occur when a passenger damages your car. What is the next course of action? Uber Rider

Well, see below a few steps to take when an Uber rider damages your vehicle or makes a bad mess that will need significant cleaning.

 

Make an Official Report to Uber

Do not take the law into your hands. Make a report to Uber if the situation goes beyond the normal wear and tear.

According to the Uber website, “you may be eligible for an inconvenience fee of up to $250 based on the extent and nature of the damage.” Also, Uber will also help you when you make those insurance claims so that your car is fixed.

To back up your report, you must do the following:

 

  • You must make your report within 3 business days of the incident.
  • Take clear photos of the damage and make an accurate description of the accident. This is where dash cams are important. This will help the uber driver provide video recordings of the incident.
  • Get your car mechanic to provide a rough estimate of what the repair will cost within 5 business days of the incident.

 

If a mess that requires significant cleaning was made, you must do the following:

  • Take a picture of the mess and report this to Uber within 3 working days of the trip.
  • Uber will review the mess and send you a flat fee to cover the cleaning if it is deemed appropriate.
  • In other cases, if the rider is found responsible for the mess, Uber will contact the Uber rider and the rider will be charged the cleaning fee.
  • Make sure you provide accurate and sufficient proof to back your claims or you may not be reimbursed for your trouble.

 

Conclusion

Uber is making no promises in this case. Not every report made is found to be with merit. However, Uber is reassuring drivers that they will do their best to ensure the cost of the repairs and cleaning is not borne by the driver.

 

 

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Sign Hello To Deaf Uber Drivers Via The Uber App

 

For a company to thrive in the face of change and competition, it must continue to evolve. The ability to adapt to changing climes and improve on services is the reason why Uber remains a leader in rideshare. That Uber has faced tremendous backlash in the media is no news. Uber has experienced a dramatic change in management, tons of law suits and its fair share of push back from governmental bodies. In the face of all these, Uber focused on improving its services to retain drivers and passengers.

In June 2017, Uber launched the 180 days of change to improve driver experience. Uber added more features to its app to benefit its drivers. It introduced friendlier acceptance rate policies, setting arrival times, 6 driver destination filters per day and many more. Among the many features is an update that teaches simple sign language to riders to enable them communicate with deaf Uber drivers or those that are hard of hearing. Deaf Uber Drivers

In a move to improve communication between riders and driver, Uber riders can learn how to sign hello and other basic phrases once they are picked up by deaf Uber drivers or those who are hard of hearing.

 

For Deaf Uber Drivers

The company stated that it has thousands of deaf drivers and hopes to make rides more seamless. In 2015, Uber launched features that aid drivers that are deaf or hard of hearing. These features include:

  • The driver app will signal a new trip request with a flashing light in addition to the existing audio notification
  • Rider notification that the driver is deaf or hard of hearing and an extra prompt for riders to enter their destination
  • Calling feature is turned off in-app and only text-only messaging with riders is allowed. The ability to call a deaf or hard of hearing driver-partner is turned off for the rider and the rider is encouraged to text the driver instead.

 

For Riders

Now, the rideshare giant has added a feature that will educate riders on simple phrases in American Sign Language.

When riders are matched with deaf drivers, they have the option of learning basic ASL signs within the Uber app. Riders can learn simple phrases like “hello” and “thank you” to aid communication. This feature was introduced to increase awareness of the deaf and hard of hearing community.

 

What this means

It is obvious that this feature will improve working relationships between riders and drivers that are deaf and hard of hearing. It will also go a long way in promoting equal employment opportunities for all. The disabled community is a significant part of any country’s workforce. Uber has stated that “thousands of people who drive with Uber are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and collectively they’ve completed millions of trips.”

It will be a huge service to humanity if similar initiatives are adopted by businesses all over the world.