How To Become An Uber Driver In South Africa

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I believe you have been thinking about how to join Uber driving services in South Africa — to make money off with Uber.

Uber is one of the biggest ride-sharing companies in the world. Uber has a branch in South Africa and it gives the opportunity for individuals to drive for money.

In today’s article, I will like to guide you fully about how to become an Uber driver in South Africa, vehicle requirements and more.

How Does Uber Work

This ride-sharing system works by using a mobile application. The customer request a ride on a mobile app and a driver accepts the request on a mobile application.

The driver picks up the customer by driving to the customer using the gps of the customer or his/her location.

Steps To Sign Up For Uber As A Driver In South Africa

  1. Sign up online

Got an email address and a smartphone? Great, now tell us a bit more about yourself and we’ll get you started.

Sign Up Now

2. Upload your documents

Time for some paperwork. There are some of the documents we need to see: Time for some paperwork. There are some of the documents we need to see:

  • A valid South African Professional driving permit (PrDP)
  • Complete a safety screening
  • Pass a driving evaluation
  • You have to be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Provide a driver profile photo

Upload your documents

3. Get A Vehicle

Please note all vehicles are activated through a priority process.

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You may not sell, rent or transfer your Uber profile or “slot” / “software license”, as this is against Uber Partnership Terms and Conditions.

4. Activate your account

If you’ve completed all the above steps, congratulations! You’re ready to activate your account and start making money.

Vehicle Requirements in South Africa

Which car is right for you? Make sure it meets the vehicle requirements in South Africa, and remember that you’ll make more money if you keep your costs low.

Note: No South African cities are currently accepting new vehicles.

Your Vehicle must-haves

  • Model year 2013 or newer
  • 4-door sedan or minivan
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No hatchbacks accepted

Documentation Needed

  • Operators Card (Double disk)
  • Commercial vehicle insurance
  • Vehicle inspection in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth or Durban
  • Vehicle certificate of registration
  • Operating License from the department of transport
  • In Cape Town? Please provide your Vehicle Owner ID and Proof of Parking.

How to upload your documents

Vehicle options in South Africa

UberX

The majority of riders choose uberX. You can use most recent models to drive with uberX in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

Additional requirements

  • 4-door sedan in good condition
  • Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
  • 1.4l engine or higher
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No hatch-backs
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles

UberXL

Seat extra passengers and charge higher fares with a higher-capacity vehicle in Cape Town and Durban.

Additional requirements

  • 4-door SUV or minivan with independently opening doors
  • Seat at least 6 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
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Most SUVs qualify to drive with uberXL. See our list of popular models, but others may qualify.

UberBLACK

Charge higher fares with a mid-tier luxury sedan in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

Additional requirements

  • Model year 2013 or newer
  • Leather or vinyl interior with no tears
  • Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles

UberVAN

Drive with uberVAN in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Additional requirements

  • 4-door minivan with independently opening doors
  • Seat at least 7 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles

Depending on driver-partner ratings uberVAN vehicles may also qualify for uberFAMILY. See our list of approved models.

UberGo

Most newer hatch back vehicles qualify to drive with uberGO. Drive with uberGO in Port Elizabeth.

Additional requirements

  • 4-door hatch backs in good condition
  • Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles

Cars model year 2012 or newer qualify to drive with uberGO.

Frequently Asked Questions About Uber in South Africa

What is Uber?

According to the Wikipedia, Uber Technologies, Inc., commonly known as Uber, is an American technology company. Its services include ride-hailing, food delivery, package delivery, couriers, freight transportation, and, through a partnership with Lime, electric bicycle and motorized scooter rental.

How much do Uber drivers in South Africa earn?
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Based on how much an Uber driver might be earning in South Africa, it depends whether you are a driver or an owner-driver or an owner of one or more cars.
You may R3000 a week to the owner and have to pay for your own data and own petrol. You might earn R8000-R9000 a month.
You may still have to pay repayments on the car to the garage or vehicle company, and insurance, and then as above, data and petrol. You may earn up to R24000 — R30000 a month, but it may be less of you trying to do big repayments.
You may be a combination of 1 and 2, owning and driving one car and someone else driving another
If you own several cars and don’t drive any you might get R20 000 or per car. But sometimes drivers are sloppy or lazy owners tell me.

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