Since it was first launched in 2009, taxi booking app Uber has become popular in many countries around the world.
It’s popularity continues to grow in the UK and in particular in London, where many residents have opted to become an Uber driver.
If you have thought about becoming an Uber driver in London then the guide below should prove very helpful.
The are certain requirements you must meet in order to be eligible to work as an Uber driver. In addition to being at least 21 years old and having a full UK driver’s licence, you must also have the required amount of driving experience.
Because Uber taxis are private hire, you’ll also need to hold a private hire taxi driver’s licence.
Getting a licence
In order to get a private hire licence, you’ll need to apply to TfL for it. To qualify for a private hire licence you’ll need to pass a medical test, be of good character and also pass a competence test.
You’ll also need to have a driver’s licence and be at least 21.
Getting a vehicle
If you work as an Uber driver then you’ll need to have your own vehicle. Uber requires that their drivers have a car that is 2008 or newer. The vehicle must be either a 4 door car or minivan, be free of cosmetic damage and have no commercial branding on it.
Uber offer a number of buying and rental deals for drivers that don’t already have a suitable car.
There are many insurance providers who offer Uber insurance and you are able to get the exact level of cover you require depending on your budget.
The cheapest type of cover you can get is a third party only policy. Although this provides no real protection for your own vehicle it does make your vehicle road legal.
You can also add other types of cover to an Uber driver insurance policy, such as breakdown assistance, personal injury, legal expenses and windscreen repair.
If you want to save money on cover then below are some good ways to do this –
- Get a lot of quotes – Getting quotes from many providers is an excellent way to save money on Uber insurance since it prevents you from overspending.
- Pay upfront – If you’re able to pay for your insurance at the beginning of the policy for an entire year rather than monthly then most insurance will offer you a good discount.
- Increase excess – Increasing the excess on your policy is another easy way to save money.