I’ve been playing catch up since arriving back in Brisbane after seven months in the US. There’s been a lots of life admin to take care of, including finding a job. A job that’s flexible with my uni commitments, pays well and hopefully provides a break from thinking about design and my major project.
Lucky for me, Uber has just started up in Brisbane. Uber is the San Francisco ride-sharing start-up that’s revolutionising the taxi industry all over the world.
How does Uber work?
Open the app, tap a button and you have a private driver within minutes. At the end of the ride, the fare is automatically charged to your credit card. No cash exchange necessary. In the US, I used Uber and Lyft to get around because it was not only convenient, but they were always having promotions. I probably only paid for one ride the entire time. Uber doesn’t like its drivers accepting tips either, which was fantastic for me because although I did not mind conforming the American way and leaving my compulsory tip on almost everything, I’d always found it a bit awkward.
Signing up to be an Uber Driver
It took only a few minutes to fill in the online form. After watching a 15 minute video about life as an Uber Driver, I was asked to upload photocopies of my car registration, license and insurance. I took care of this the following day and straight away I was receiving texts and emails from Uber Partners.
Uber Driver Induction
I was asked to come along to a driver information session held at the Toowong Bowls Club. There was about 30 people there which was apparently a small group. We were handed information sheets, the Queensland Transport Drivers Authorisation forms, watched the video from the website again and finished with a Q&A session.
One by one we then sat with a member of the Brisbane Uber team who double checked the photocopies we’d uploaded and gave us a car charger, a hands free attachment and an iPhone loaded with the Uber Drivers’ App. Our cars were also checked and photographed.
Pro tip: Arrive early so you’re one of the first to have your paper work checked as this can take a while.
Some of the people at the meeting were already cab drivers which meant they already had Drivers Authorisation. For the rest of us, we had two tasks to complete; get a medical and hand in a form to Queensland Transport. I did this the following day and am now awaiting the card which should take a maximum of 10 days. Once I have it, Uber will activate my account and I’ll be on the road taking advantage of the introductory driver incentives.
How long did it take?
From the online registration to lodging my Drivers Authorisation forms, the entire process only took 5 days.
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