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Why Uber in Philippines Suspended Operations


Uber has always been known as a force to be reckoned with. The company is popular for employing a dominating approach as it enters a new city. This stance however, didn’t seem to work for Uber in Philippines. In the past, Uber had taken on state governments in big cities around the world such as Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Austin and Pennsylvania over a number of issues. The company has come under fire for many reasons including fingerprinting drivers, driver classification and even friction with local cabbies. Uber in Philippines


Uber in Philippines suspends operations


Uber faced similar backlash in Philippines when it came to registering drivers. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in the country mandated Uber and other rideshare companies to ensure their drivers and partners must apply for permits before registering as drivers. The permits included:

  • 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.

Due to the large number of drivers applying for permits, the LTFRB had to deal with backlogs and asked rideshare companies to stop registering drivers so that the backlogs could be cleared. It was reported that the companies refused to stop registering drivers and were fined about $100,000 each. After it appeared that Uber still didn’t comply with stipulated regulations, the company was banned for a month and asked to “cease and desist” operations.

Uber in Philippines went on to suspend its service after the ban, citing the company’s displeasure with the Regulatory Board’s stance.


In March 2018, Uber announced that it will be exiting Southeast Asia. The rideshare giant sold its stake in the region to Singapore based, Grab signaling the end of Uber in Southeast Asia. It seemed Uber’s decision to suspend its services in the Philippines is congruent with the company’s sales of its stake in South-East Asia.


What we think


If you stand to gain more by selling off struggling operations and making strong partnerships, then by all means, do so. Grab has a stronger hold in Southeast Asia where its food delivery, carpooling, cashless payments and bike share services are available in 191 cities. UberEATS and Uber’s ridehailing services will now be available on Grab’s app.



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More About The Uber Hands-Free Feature


For any rideshare company, rider and driver safety should be paramount. Uber as a pioneer in ridesharing has become a preferred means of transportation for many. Uber drivers and Uber passengers who have signed up to use the Uber service are matched once a ride request is placed. This makes Uber a middleman between these two parties. Uber, in its bid to protect both parties created a plethora of in-app features to protect passengers and drivers.

There is also a need to keep updating and renewing these safety features. This is to ensure that all parties involved feel some level of comfort in knowing that there are features designed to ensure safety. In September 2018, Uber introduced more safety features.

Uber announced that, “we’re raising the bar on safety by unveiling new features that will help protect all our customers and the information they entrust to us.” These features will include ride check, a feature that helps ensure that all parties are okay in the event of a crash; driver emergency button; address anonymization and hands-free pickups. Uber Hands-Free

In this post, we will shed more light on the Uber hands-free feature.


Uber Hands-Free Feature

It is important for drivers to focus on the road ahead while driving. Many accidents have occurred on the road due to text-driving which is why Uber is trying to reduce distractions that Uber drivers may face. With the introduction of the hands-free feature, Uber will be testing voice activated commands to ensure seamless pick-up of riders.

This way drivers can communicate with riders without taking their hands and eyes off the wheel. The Uber hands-free feature will allow drivers accept trips on the go.



The Uber hands-free feature is a welcome development. It’s important that drivers adhere to road rules while keeping other road users safe. It’s good to see Uber taking a firmer approach to driver and rider safety. We look forward to more updates from Uber.



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Drive With Uber In Missouri


Uber has experienced push-back from Missouri legislators in the past for its lax nature when it comes to registering drivers. House reps have pushed for stricter laws to regulate rideshare companies in the state and although it didn’t yield much results, Uber remained dedicated on focusing on the economic impact its service will have on the state. Now the company now offers its services in both Northern and Southern Missouri.

If you want to drive with Uber in Missouri, 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 Missouri.


The ‘Age-Factor’


Before you can drive with Uber in Missouri, you must know that Uber takes its age policy pretty seriously. This age policy varies for different cities. To become an Uber driver in Missouri, 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 aged 21 or 22 must have (at minimum) 3 years of valid licensing in the USA
  • Drivers aged 23 (and up) must have at least one year of valid licensing in the USA
  • Drivers must pass a screening process (details below)
  • 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 center 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
  • Uber 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

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 Missouri

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 in Missouri Background Check and On-Boarding Process

Uber conducts a detail criminal and background check on all intending drivers. Specifically they will take the documents provided 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 Missouri, you should have great knowledge of the routes in the city you want to drive in 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 on-boarding 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. For Uber in Missouri, please note that your vehicle has to be a 4-door vehicle and must be 15-year-old vehicle 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. In Uber in Missouri, you have a choice between the non-commercial UberX, UberXL and UberSELECT. UberX, UberXL and UberSELECT are the lower level services with more commuters – since they are affordable.

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. UberXL is the 6 passenger version of UberX. It is dominated by inexpensive but nice vehicles that can carry more passengers than the UberX. You can say it is the larger version of the UberX service. Riders who request this service would typically be picked up in vehicles like these: Honda pilot, Toyota Sienna, Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, Dodge Gran.


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 Missouri. 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 drive with Uber in Missouri, 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 becoming an Uber driver in Missouri.



Accepting Uber Rides: Long vs Short rides?


Uber as a ridesharing platform allows registered drivers on the platform connect with riders in a seamless on-demand fashion. Riders place ride requests via the Uber mobile app and are then connected with nearby Uber drivers. For Uber drivers, the aim is to provide service and earn as much as possible on the road. In one of our posts, we shared useful tips to help Uber drivers maximize their stay on the road. We shared how to find the highest UberX fares and also increase your revenue.

In this post, we will be scrutinizing which is better when accepting Uber rides: long rides or short rides? We will weigh the pros and cons of these rides and you can decide which will suit you best.

There are couple of factors that affect your decision to chase certain rides. As an Uber driver, your two primary motivations: making money or meeting people should always be at the forefront of your decisions. Remember, the aim is to make money and in the following situations, long or short rides shouldn’t matter.

Chasing both long rides and short rides Accepting Uber Rides


In some cases, it will be wise to chase both kinds of trips. We will discuss these cases below:


Living in a small city

If you drive for Uber in a small city, there is no doubt you’ll have to deal with frequent short rides. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing since undertaking short rides gives you more time to accept more ride requests. So, if you find yourself making a lot of short trips, target using that time to do more rides and you will get good returns for it. After all, more trips = more money.


Slow days

There might be frequent down times in some small cities. It would be unsafe to think that you can drive for Uber full-time in a small market. You may quit your day job and then realize that being online all day does not guarantee receiving ride requests at a particular time of the day. Therefore, it is advisable to keep your day job and make extra income driving part-time.


What if you had a choice when accepting Uber rides  whether long or short rides?


After discussing with some drivers, the decision tilted towards long rides for the following reasons:

  • Most short rides are within the city and slow flow of traffic puts a strain on cars. This means having to service the car more often.
  • Having to deal with bad drivers is very distracting
  • Longer rides generally equal more money
  • Not dealing with too much passengers in a day (this is great for drivers who like to keep to themselves)
  • Relaxing trip back to base
  • Use the Destination filter to pick up passengers on your way back


What we think about accepting Uber rides


It’s a matter of personal choice and understanding the pattern in your city. If you want to do short rides that will yield as much profits as possible, target hotspots during the day and at night. For long rides, hanging around airports are a great way to get long trips.

Find out what works for you and don’t be afraid to mix things up.


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UberBODA Launches in Nairobi, Kenya


Uber in Africa is proving to be a formidable force.  The company continues to enjoy rapid growth in major Africa cities. Uber launched in Africa in 2012 beginning with Johannesburg. The company has since spread its operations into 14 African cities including Lagos, Dar Es Salaam, Nairobi and Pretoria.

Now, various vehicles are being introduced into rideshare. People do not only have to travel with cars; other options include bikes, scooters, trucks, motorcycles and even tuk-tuks. Uber has since tapped into this shift in rideshare by introducing the new use of motorbikes for transporting riders in cities like Nairobi and Kampala. This service is called UberBODA and it is currently providing an alternative means of transport for Africans and empowering willing drivers who want to use their motorbikes to earn money. UberBODA


More About UberBODA


The city of Nairobi is prone to traffic and Uber is intent on conveying passengers as seamlessly as possible despite the challenges the city poses. With UberBODA, riders will request the service on the Uber app just like other Uber services like UberX. This motorbike service already exists in Kampala and will compete with other similar services like Taxify’s Boda service and SafeBoda.


How UberBODA will work for riders


Just like the UberX, riders should expect doorstep pickup and fare estimate. Request your UberBODA and a bike will arrive in minutes. Once you key in your destination, you will be shown a fare estimate and you can decide if to go on with the ride or not.


  • Minimum fare – Ksh60
  • Base fare – Ksh55
  • Per Kilometer – Ksh14
  • Per Minute – Ksh1


Uber also stated that every rider on an UberBODA will enjoy additional insurance coverage. Riders will also be privy to the driver’s details, rating and vehicle registration. This way, they can confirm that the details on the app match with the driver’s upon pickup.


How UberBODA will work for drivers


Every UberBODA driver must:

  • Undergo training
  • Background check
  • Must possess a valid driving license and third party insurance

Drivers will be equipped with a safety jacket and 2 helmets.




Although Uber will be facing stiff competition from Taxify and SafeBoda, I doubt the company is fazed. The company is well known for its aggressive mode of taking over territories with operations in over 500 cities across 81 countries of the world. With over 3 million people in Nairobi, I’m sure there is a market for all players.



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Tips For Becoming a Successful Uber Driver


As an Uber driver, making money is imperative; this is the ultimate goal for offering rides to passenger as an Uber driver. This goal will likely not be achieved if you aren’t maximizing your opportunities as an Uber driver. To become a successful Uber driver, you have to practice steps to profitable ridesharing. This will ensure you get the most out of being a rideshare driver. There are so many other ways you can earn more money on the go besides cutting down on your expenses. You just have to be willing to do the work. In this post, we will explore top ways to earn more and become a successful Uber driver. Successful Uber Driver


Tips for becoming a successful Uber driver


Do some research

Every city is unique; and it is important to identify high traffic areas. These include areas where people are looking for taxis to aid commute. It is also important to know the times when you are likely to have more people requesting your service. This way, you don’t drive around aimlessly hoping to get matched with a possible passenger. Drive when it is worth it.


Driver ratings

When a rider is happy while riding in your vehicle, the probability of getting good ratings and tips is very likely. Keeping your car in good condition is instrumental in having a successful Uber business. No passenger will be happy while sitting inside an unkempt car. Once you drop a passenger, it is important to do a quick sweep of your car before picking up a new passenger. Clean the floor mat in case the previous passenger dragged in dirt or mud; check your seats for stains and keep forgotten items out of sight.


Chase those surges

Surge pricing is necessary to get drivers on the road at times when they would rather be resting or just not driving. These times are usually during rush hour, during huge events or when unfortunate incidents occur. Charging higher fares in a situation where demand exceeds supply is just basic Economics. Also, charging higher when you have to spend hours in traffic to transport a passenger is to be expected. This a great way to make more money.


You can take up a side gig

Driving alone might not make you earn as much as you desire. There are period of inactivity or lulls when you aren’t receiving ride requests. Why not take up side gigs during those lulls? There are various side jobs that can fit into your schedule. On the top of our list are delivery jobs. You can deliver food for UberEATS, GrubHub and DoorDash. You can also deliver for Amazon Prime. Take advantage of off-peak periods and earn more money on the go.


Use tools at your disposal

There are many tools you can use to make your rideshare experience seamless. These tools include apps and equipment that will improve your Uber business as an Uber driver. This is why we at have spent a lot of time doing our research on the top apps for an Uber driver, and we have compiled them into one list.  See the post here.



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Uber and Cargo Partnership to Feed You On The Go


Despite the setbacks Uber has experienced over the years, the company continues to introduce innovative ways of providing exceptional service. In June 2017, Uber launched the 180 days of change to improve driver/partner experience. Now, Uber is partnering with Cargo to help drivers make more money by selling confectioneries and other items during rides.

Cargo is a start-up company that targets rideshare drivers by turning their vehicles into a unique version of a convenience store. This Uber and Cargo partnership will see drivers in San Francisco and Los Angeles pick up Cargo boxes from Uber Greenlight hubs. These Greenlight hubs are Uber’s driver support locations around the city. Uber and Cargo Partnership


How does the Uber and Cargo Partnership work?

These Cargo boxes are filled with snacks like protein bars, gums and others. Other tech accessories like chargers and ear phones can be found in these boxes. These boxes are placed in the center of the vehicle’s console, visible to passengers. Cargo gives these items plus samples to Uber drivers for free and the drivers earn attractive commissions on each purchase made by passengers.

Right now, riders can only pay for items via the Cargo app. To buy an item, identify what item interests you and scan the QR code on Cargo’s mobile site. Once the item is duly paid for, the Uber driver will give the item to the buyer.

“Through partnerships with major brands like Kellogg’s, Starbucks and Mars Wrigley Confectionery”, Cargo is able to offer these items for free to drivers, Uber stated in a press release.


What it means for Uber drivers

To take advantage of this Uber and Cargo partnership, interested Uber drivers must have a rating of 4.75 at least and also be very active on the platform. Cargo is offering the following incentives to drivers:

  • $1 per order (even on free samples)
  • 25% commission on retail sales
  • Free product shipments
  • Referral bonuses
  • Tipping option available and payable to drivers
  • Drivers are paid twice every month


What we think

As an Uber driver, having supplementary income is always a welcome idea. Now drivers do not have to rely solely on ride fares; they can earn more money while riding by becoming expert salesmen. The awesome part is that you don’t have to go looking for customers as they are already riding in your vehicle. Hopefully this program spreads to other cities so that eligible drivers can earn more on the go.


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More About Uber EV Champions initiative


It’s no longer news that Uber is changing the way it did business previously. With a change of management came a new business strategy that is “focused on organic growth—growth that comes from building the best products, services and technology in the world, and re-building our brand into the mobility brand that riders, cities and drivers want to support and partner with.” Uber’s CEO made this statement when he announced Uber was selling its South-East operations to fierce rival, Grab.

Now, the rideshare behemoth has announced a pilot program designed to encourage the use of electrical vehicles. The Uber EV Champions initiative has launched in over six cities in the U.S namely San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin and Montreal Canada. In a blog post announcing the pilot, Uber’s lead on sustainability and environmental impact Adam Gromis reinforced the company’s commitment to facilitating “reliable transportation for everyone, everywhere and making our cities more efficient and less reliant on personal car ownership”. Uber EV


More About Uber EV Champions initiative

This program was first piloted in Pittsburg and Portland and its success prompted pilots in other cities. The Uber EV Champions initiative will reward Uber drivers in different ways when they switch to electric cars and offer rides in these cars. As a driver, you stand to be rewarded either in cash or via other incentives as an EV driver.

The initiative wants to deliver at least 5 million EV rides in 2019 through Uber drivers/partners. Uber will be partnering with leading electric vehicle (EV) adoption experts like Association des véhicules électriques du Québec, Canada, Electric Mobility Canada, Plug-in America (PIA) and others.


Uber Drivers/Partners Adoption of Electrical Vehicles

According to Uber, many Uber drivers have expressed interest in offering rides with EVs but are worried that the limitations of driving EVs will affect their earnings. EVs have to be charged during the day at some point. Also, some EVs can’t do the miles that fuel-powered vehicles can do and identifying charging points across the city may affect valuable work time.

To assuage these concerns, Uber identified proposed the following solutions in-app:

  • Access to EV education and resources: Driver/partners will be given up to date information on all resources, incentives, discounts, and programs they can use to their advantage in their cities.


  • In-app features built for EV drivers: Uber drivers will receive in-app support that will notify them when they need to charge their cars. The long trip notification feature will be of great help to EV drivers.


  • Advocacy for shared-use EV drivers: Using EVs for shared rides will be a great way to spread the news for the widespread adoption of EVs.



Customers who match with Uber EV drivers will be notified that they will be riding with an EV. This move will help sensitize customers about the need for a greener environment. To make it easier for drivers to charge their cars on the go, Uber will be partnering with public utilities companies like Portland General Electric to create charging networks for drivers. We look forward to the worldwide adoption of EVs in the nearest future.


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Jump: Uber Bikeshare Service Launches in Germany


It is no news that Uber has experienced push-back in most European cities. The company has encountered protests from traditional taxi drivers in countries like France, Denmark, Germany and Italy. In some cases, the rideshare giant had to pull its services out of countries like Bulgaria and Denmark.

Now, it seems Uber is trying to make its way into the good graces of European cities. Uber will be launching its newly acquired bike sharing service, Jump in Europe starting with Germany. Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi made this announcement during a conference in Berlin where he stated,” “I want this to signal a deep commitment to Germany”. Uber Bikeshare


More about Uber’s acquisition of bikeshare service Jump

Uber acquired bike sharing service Jump in April 2018. Techcrunch reported that details of the acquisition were shrouded in secrecy but the final sale price was close to the tune of $200 million. While explaining reasons for the sale, Techcrucnch also reported that Jump CEO, Ryan Rzepecki stated that both companies (Uber and Jump) shared similar visions and goals. The sale will help Jump attain the company’s vision quicker and at a more global scale.

Although Jump’s employee will be joining Uber, the company will function independently as a subsidiary. Jump’s red bikes are a popular fixture in cities like Washington and San Francisco. They can also be found in campuses and corporations. Now, the bikeshare service will be reaching its goal of spreading to Europe.


Uber bikeshare service in Germany

According to Verge, Khosrowshahi announced plans to roll out electric bike rentals in Berlin by the end of the summer, with more European cities to come. These electrically assisted red bikes will provide riders with a cheap and convenient way to ride.



The Uber bikeshare launch in Germany is hardly a novelty as the country is already saturated with other bike share services like nextbike, Mobike and ofo. However, this is good news for consumers who now have different services to choose from. Also, competition will invariably lead to cheaper prices for riders. It’s good to see Uber making steps to regain lost territories.


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