By Ella Baker

Have you got what it takes to be a UK Uber driver?


So, you’ve decided to try your hand as an Uber driver? It’s a profession that typically pays better than many other jobs and according to an Oxford University report, it also delivers a high degree of work satisfaction. For many current drivers, the independence of being their own boss and working when they want and not when they’re told to, is a big plus mark for the business.

Which is good news. But to drive for Uber you must meet some basic requirements. To see if you’ve got what it takes to be a UK Uber driver, answer the questions below:

Are you self-motivated?

Uber drivers are self-employed contractors. Nobody makes them turn up for work. Can you drive yourself to drive for a living with no boss to urge you on?

Will you pass the basics?

Are you at least 21 years old? Do you have a valid UK or EU driving licence? Have you got least three years of driving experience? Do you have the right to work in the UK? Can you provide proof of address and your National Insurance number?

Do you have a criminal record?

To obtain a private hire drivers’ license (PHL), you’ll need to undergo an enhanced DBS background check. This is conducted by a Government agency. If you have a criminal conviction in the last seven years you may not pass this test, depending on what type of record you have.

Do you have endorsements on your driver’s licence?

If you have more than nine penalty points on your licence or endorsements for serious breaches of traffic law, you may not meet Uber’s policy rules.

Do you have the time to spare?

In London, it usually takes five to six months from start to finish to get on the road with Uber. Most of this time is spent in the process of getting your PHL. Elsewhere in the UK, this is normally more around two to three months. Can you wait that long to start this job?

Do you have the funds?

There are fees and expenses to for your PHL, DBS check, medical check and topographical test. In London, this will total £500 to £625. In other areas of the UK, it could be more.

Will you pass the medical?

Your doctor must certify you are fit and able to drive riders safely. Do you have any serious medical conditions that may affect this requirement?

Can you pass a topographical test?

This is a test that all drivers take to get their PHL. The test may be a simple case of reading a paper map to prove you can get from A to B if the sat-nav goes down. Or, it may involve a mini-version of the complex exam that black cab drivers take to get their ply-for hire licence. The test varies depending on where in the UK you take it. Do you know your way around? (It’s fine if not, Uber provide training and you get two attempts to pass.)

Do you need to take an English Language Test?

In many jurisdictions, all private hire drivers must have a good understanding of the English Language. You’ll need to provide proof of having an English qualification, such as a school or college exam certificate (GCSE, NVQ, IELTS etc). If you can’t, you’ll need to take classes and a test. Will you be able to pass the test? Will you have the time and funds to pay for the classes?

If you can answer all the above with a smile, then congratulations, you sound like a good candidate for Uber. To see what the next steps are to get on the road, just click here.


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