To drive with Uber in Hong Kong remains an ideal job for aspiring drivers in the city. It affords flexible hours and a chance to make good money on your own schedule. This post seeks to equip intending Uber drivers in Hong Kong with the right information. So if you wish to drive with Uber in Hong Kong, you have come to the right blog.
STEP 1 – Ready Your Documents
To drive with Uber in Hong Kong, you need to be at least 21 years old. Verify that, and you can then proceed to taking the steps listed below:
- A photo of you (a clear headshot)
- A valid driver’s license
- Vehicle registration documents
- Commercial Vehicle insurance document (if you already have a car you intend to use)
- Must have Third party risk insurance
- 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
- Must have a Hire car permit.
Note-It is essential to upload very clear pictures (jpg format typically has the least issues) in which all of the numbers and information are easily visible. It is, of course, a must for the name on the documents to 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). Note – the links redirect to the correct Uber URL.
STEP 3 – Onboarding Process
After signing up and uploading the required information, all intending drivers in Hong Kong will need to go through an onboarding process. This is standard procedure which helps Uber ensure that the drivers are fully qualified and up to the standards that Uber seeks to maintain for clients.
During this process, you will register on the Uber platform as an intending Uber driver and also upload all documents mentioned above. Once completed, you will undergo the stages below:
All intending Uber drivers undergo a test to see how prepared they are to drive with Uber in Hong Kong. To prepare for this stage, you can seek guidance from already-employed Uber drivers. You will be tested on your knowledge of roads in Hong Kong. It is important for Uber drivers to have impressive knowledge of routes in Hong Kong and not rely heavily on maps.
After these tests, there will be a few more interviews and some onboarding sessions.
STEP 4 – Wait for Uber Background Checks
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).
STEP 5 – Get an Uber Approved Vehicle
It is important to note that Uber has various services which require different types of vehicles. 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. For some vehicles, extra requirements are mandated depending on the type of Uber service you choose to provide or drive for. 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).
Selecting an Uber Service
At this stage, you are required to select the right Uber service that suits you just fine. There are five services currently available in Hong Kong.
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. UberBLACK is a little more expensive, as you need to have a black and slightly more polished vehicle. This earns more money than UberX, and is a good option for people that want to earn more per client.
UberASSIST, 7- Seater and Tesla are other Uber services available in Hong Kong. Drivers who are allowed to drive under UberASSIST are trained to accommodate elderly riders and those with disabilities. UberASSIST allows the use of regular UberX vehicles but must be able to accommodate folding wheelchairs, canes, strollers and walkers. This is proof of Uber’s determination towards ensuring that there is an Uber for everyone. Drivers signed up under UberASSIST can also be regular UberX drivers with a rating of atleast 4.75.
The 7 seater (e.g. Toyota Alphard, Nissan Elgrand) is perfect for a family’s picnic. With this service. there is that extra space for a large family and other belongings. There is also the self-driving electric Tesla but this service has been temporarily halted in Hong Kong.
What to Do if Your Vehicle Does Not Fit Uber Requirements
If your personal vehicle does not fit the requirements necessary for your selected Uber service, there is no need to worry. You do not necessarily have to buy a fancy new car – a used car that meets the requirement should do. However, many people tend to invest in a new car before driving professionally with Uber in Hong Kong. This isn’t a bad idea if you have the funds. Please see the “Nice to Know” section below for relevant due diligence you should 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 start the online registration process here: SIGNUP ONLINE.
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 driver application installed on it to grant you access to Uber passengers. However, if you wish to use your own smart phone, you will need to download the Uber app on your mobile device as this will enable you receive ride requests.
Nice to Know
If you want to drive with Uber in Hong Kong, it is important to know that you will be expending some money to pay for fuel and other maintenance related expenses. In addition to the aforementioned, you have other costs like car maintenance, insurance costs, car depreciation, and Uber royalties. 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 there is to know about driving with Uber in Hong Kong. Please feel free to share your experience in the comment section below.
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