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How Singaporean Laws Affect Uber In Singapore

 

Singapore is a modern city with inspiring landscapes and towering architecture. Also, it was listed as the world’s second safest city in 2015. Records have shown that living in Singapore is expensive; this includes accommodation, owning a vehicle and so on.

There is a dearth of land space hence, the hike in cost of accommodation. Owning a car in Singapore is a huge financial commitment as well. Vehicle owners are plagued with Insurance costs, Electronic Road pricing (ERP) charges, Road Tax, Certificate of Entitlement premium (COE) and others. Despite these costs, rideshare companies like Uber and Grab seem to have found a way to thrive in the city.

Before now, rideshare companies were exempt from these huge costs levied on car owners, taxi and even car rentals. Uber in Singapore is cheaper than taking regular companies. Where taxies charged $15 (including charges like CBD charge and other surcharges), Uber in Singapore will charge $8 when you request UberX for the same distance covered.

Strict Singaporean laws govern the people and every entity within the city. Perhaps, this might be a primary reason why the country continues to experience low crime rates and earned its status as the biggest and busiest business hub in South East Asia. Uber In Singapore

 

New Singaporean Laws and How they Affect Uber

To level the playing field between local taxis and private hire companies, Singapore Land Transport Authority has mandated that private hire car drivers must obtain a vocational license. This will mean that companies like Uber in Singapore will be regulated by transport authorities. According to Channel News Asia, other rules introduced by the LTA include:

  • All chauffeur-driven PHCs must bear tamper-evident decals issued by the LTA
  • Operators can be fined up to S$10,000 for each offence
  • Also, the penalty for dangerous driving has been increased to S$5,000 for the first offence, and $10,000 for the second offence.

What this could mean for Uber

This doesn’t mean Uber will abandon ship like it has threatened to do in other cities when faced with new regulations. As pointed out earlier, Singapore is an efficient country governed by laws, and these new rules don’t seem like they were introduced to frustrate PHCs. Singapore is technologically driven and welcomes innovations that will make life better for its citizens.

Due to these new regulations, it is very likely that Uber will employ more stringent rules for registering drivers. Although Uber drivers are termed independent contractors, defaulting drivers can get Uber fined or banned in Singapore for an extended period of time. The good news for now is that PHC booking service operators are still exempt from licensing fees.

 

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Drive With Uber In Singapore As An UberEXEC Driver

 

Since Uber is spreading rapidly in Singapore, it would only be reasonable to assume that people in that city will requUber in Singaporeire information on how to partner with the ride sharing company. This post is specifically about the UberEXEC service – a high-end service that involves the classiest cars, professionally trained drivers and suitable pricing.

If you are considering UberEXEC in Singapore as a partner or driver, then this blog post is for you. Fortunately, it isn’t a complicated process as you might imagine. Let’s go over the steps you will need to take to successfully drive with Uber in Singapore. Other than the fact that you need to be at least 21 years old to become an Uber driver in Singapore, once you can follow the steps below, you should do great!

 

STEP 1 – Ready These Required Documents

First of all, you will need to prepare a few documents that are essential for you to have before you can drive with Uber In Singapore. These documents include:

  • A National Registration Identity Card (NRIC)
    • You must either be a Singaporean citizen, or Permanent Resident
  • Singaporean Driver’s License
    • You need to have had your license for at least 2 years.
    • You must have at least 2 years of Professional driving experience
  • Commercial 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
  • Vehicle Log Z10/Z11 (if you already have a car you intend to use)
    • This is required by the LTA (Land Transport Authority, Singapore). Z10 vehicle log refers to private hire motor car.
  • Business Registration Documents (SGP Partner Business Registration & SGP Statutory Declaration Documents)
    • This business needs to be registered as a sole proprietorship
    • The business code that the business needs to be registered under is (49219- Private car for hire with operator)
    • Apply at the ACRA (Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority)
    • You can register a business with the ACRA at bizfile.gov.sg
  • Your airport permits (livery licenses) – not required in some cities. If needed you will need one in each city where you want to make drop offs.
  • Proof of insurance for your business
  • Private hire vocational license (As required by Singaporean Government)
  • City Sticker (for livery cars, if required in your city)

Note – it takes 15 minutes or less to register a business online. If you already have a business, just add a business line 49219.

 

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 – Wait for Uber Background Checks

It will typically take between 2 to 6 weeks to perform their background checks to drive with Uber in Singapore. Specifically they will take the documents provided and conduct a comprehensive criminal background check.

 

STEP 4 – Get an UberEXEC Approved Car

UberEXEC cars need to have an all-black exterior with black, grey or beige leather interior. Whatever type of car you pick; it generally needs to be a model from the year 2012 or newer. A typical Uber black car must have a minimum width of 1700mm and must be Uber approved. The type of qualifying sedans for UberBLACK include the Audi A6, A7 and A8, the BMW 5 series and BMW 7 series , Cadillac XTS, Infiniti Q70, Jaguar XF, Lexus GS, Mercedes-Benz E-class, Alphard and Vellfire.

 

STEP 5 – Go For Your Interview

Once you have completed the preceding steps, you will be called in to the Uber office for an interview. Please ensure you have sufficient street and route knowledge of your area/city. You should be dressed professionally for this interview.

If you pass the interview, you will be invited for a training session at a specific date, after which your vehicle’s documents will be checked, and you will officially become an UberEXEC driver and/or Uber partner.

You will also receive an Uber-issued cell phone which will have the Uber application installed on it to enable you receive ride requests. However, if you wish to use your own smartphone, it is perfectly fine to return the cell phone.

 

Additional Information

If you wish to be a long term UberEXEC driver, you need to know more about vehicle transitioning. Eventually, your vehicle will quickly become too old for UberEXEC (This happens when the model is over 3 years in most cities). After the vehicle becomes too old for UberBlack, it no longer qualifies as an UberEXEC car, and it is re-classified as one of Uber’s lower-cost service. In this situation, the two options available to a partner/driver is to either replace the car with a newer one in order to retain the status of an UberEXEC driver, or go for a lower service with the same vehicle. If you choose to replace your car, you will need to do this before the cut-off date provided by Uber. If you take too long, you will no longer be considered an UberEXEC driver.

UberEXEC drivers are generally recommended to be formally dressed, since it is the higher end service of Uber.

 

Nice to Know

If you want to drive with Uber In Singapore, it is necessary to be aware of the fact that you will be utilizing 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 UberBLACK Kit at the top right of the linked page.

 

So, these are the steps to take before you drive with Uber in Singapore as an UberEXEC driver. However, we are aware that the investment that you will need to make in order to obtain commercial licensing as well as insurance is typically high, which is why I would suggest the UberEXEC service only for those that who can afford it. If you just want to supplement your income, then you might just want to sign up for UberX (If you would like to become an UberX driver go here).

 

 

 

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