If you’re looking for a way to make money driving, starting a career as an Uber driver could be the option you’ve been looking for.
Unlike more traditional taxi services, drivers who work for Uber:
- Are paid weekly.
- Use their own car.
- Are allowed to set their schedule with flexible shifts.
Here are some basic requirements, tips, and guidelines on how to be an Uber driver.
Uber Driver Requirements
To be an Uber driver—or what Uber calls a “driver partner”—, you’ll be required to meet certain criteria before you’re hired. This includes:
A minimum age requirement of 21 years old.
Minimum of 1 year of driving experience. If you are less than 23 years old you must have a minimum 3 years driving experience.
Car insurance under your name.Insurance must also be in the same state you’ll be driving in and meet that state’s minimum requirements.
A Social Security number.
Submission to a background check, which will look for: DUIs.
History of operating a vehicle without insurance.
Reckless driving charges.
If you have a clean driving history and no criminal record, you may meet the general requirements to be an Uber driver.
Do I Need a Commercial Driver’s License?
For most U.S. cities that Uber operates in, you do not need to possess a commercial driver license (CDL) in order to be an UberX driver (their basic level of service). However, when you begin the application process, you’ll be instructed as to whether your chosen level of driver partner requires a higher class of license.
Uber Vehicle Requirements
Along with the driver requirements, your vehicle will also need to meet certain criteria to be accepted under Uber’s minimum standards.
The vehicle requirements for Uber’s basic services (UberX) include:
Model year no more than 10 to 15 years old or newer. Requirements may vary from city to city.
A sedan that can seat at least 4 passengers, excluding you (the driver).
State-issued license plates.
A working seatbelt for all passengers.
A prohibition against vehicles which have been previously salvaged OR used for taxi-related services.
Keep in mind that Uber has several different options for customers looking luxury vehicles, such as:
These high-end services necessitate additional vehicle requirements to meet Uber’s luxury vehicle standards and professional chauffeur services.
Applying to Be an Uber Driver
Once you and your vehicle have met Uber’s eligibility requirements, you can begin the Uber application process.
Here are the steps you’ll need to take:
Fill out an application online.
Have your vehicle inspected.Uber requires potential candidates to have his or her vehicle inspected at an Uber inspection station or by a certified third party.
Submit the paperwork for your background check.Uber will indicate what they need from you for this.
Once you’ve passed each of the first three steps, you’ll be allowed to set your schedule and begin picking up clients.
Start Driving—How Uber Works
After you’ve been approved to begin driving as an Uber partner, here’s how your experience will typically go:
You’ll open the Uber driver app when you’re ready to start accepting rides. Your username is typically your e-mail address.Uber provides a phone with the Uber driver app set up on the device.
If you would rather use your own smartphone, Uber will provide you with the setup details.For more on the Uber driver app, please watch Uber’s instructional video.
When a rider requests an Uber, the driver closest to them automatically receives the trip request—so if that’s you, the notification will pop up on your app.
You’ll accept the trip, and use the navigation to drive to the client’s pick-up location.
The app will charge the rider, so you won’t need to collect any fees during your drive.
When the ride is over, you AND your rider will have the opportunity to rate one another.
Uber will pay you through direct deposit.Check out Uber’s guide to payment and earnings calculations.
Uber drivers are paid based upon the number of rides they provide to customers. In order to maintain your Uber partner account, you’ll need to accept 1 trip or more every 30 days or less. If you don’t, you may have to reapply.
For more on Uber, please visit the company’s official website.
Here are the reasons believe most drivers quit Uber:
- you are not making as much money as you thought you would
- you realize the expenses are higher than you thought they would be
- you begin to realize the dangers of driving, from unruly passengers, idiot drivers and the mere law of averages that says if you spend enough time on the road, an accident is almost inevitable.
- you realize that Uber doesn’t just hire drivers, it also manipulates, abuses and misleads them
- you realize that YOU are doing all the work and taking all the risks & it doesn’t match the pay you get
- you hear that Uber drivers in other cities get paid much more than you do for the same exact job.
- you always get responses (2 days later) from Uber that in no way address your original question
- you hear of Uber’s multi-millions and see none of that going to drivers
- you know that you’ll be replaced by a driverless vehicle within a few years and figure out how that plays into Uber’s poor relationship with drivers
- you work hard, have a DR of 4.92, take every UberPool request that comes your way, drive miles out of your way to return an item left in your car by a rider and what does that mean to your boss: zero.
- Uber has gazillions of $$$ but can’t afford an 800# for WORKING drivers to get assistance
- Riders can complain; you can’t.
- the Uber app will betray you more often than you think
- a rider having a bad day personally will often take it out on you
- Uber is the most arrogant company in the world who spends more on lawsuits that will help it to continue to be an abusive and preserve it’s dominance.
People don’t quit Uber as much as they finally figure it out. After that, it’s an easy decision to leave.
Greyhound Canada is ending its passenger bus and freight services in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and cancelling all but one route in B.C. — a U.S.-run service between Vancouver and Seattle.
The changes take effect the end of October, which will make Ontario and Quebec the only regions where the familiar running-dog logo will continue to grace Canadian highways.
“This decision is regretful and we sympathize with the fact that many small towns are going to lose service,” Greyhound Canada senior vice-president Stuart Kendrick said in an interview with The Canadian Press.
“But simply put, the issue that we have seen is the routes in rural parts of Canada — specifically Western Canada — are just not sustainable anymore.”
Kendrick said 415 people will be out of work, and estimates the decision will impact roughly two million consumers.
The company blames a 41 per cent decline in ridership since 2010, persistent competition from subsidized national and inter-regional passenger transportation services, the growth of new low-cost airlines, regulatory constraints and the growth of car ownership.
Declining ridership is the primary culprit, said Kendrick, who called that and increasing costs an “ongoing spiral” that’s making it impossible for the company to continue operations.
He said the company has raised concerns with provincial and federal officials over the years, and wanted to ensure both levels of government were “fully aware” of the situation. Greyhound Canada has long advocated for a community funding model to allow any private carrier to bid on essential rural services, he said.
Tesla is increasing the prices of its Model S and Model X cars in China by more than $20,000, reports Electrek. The step-up comes as tariffs rise and the trade war escalates. The original 25% tariff increased to 40% in retaliation for the U.S.’s latest list of targeted Chinese products.
Companies are racing to purchase cobalt, which is a crucial element in modern technology. CNBC reports that the metal is essential in making lithium-ion batteries and its price more than doubled from 2016 to 2017. In addition to traditional tech companies like Apple, electric vehicle makers are on the hunt for the element. Demand for cobalt for vehicle batteries is expected to jump 40% this year, according to CNBC. The carmaker BMW is looking to sign years-long supply contracts.
Cobalt is a chemical element with symbol Co and atomic number 27. Like nickel, cobalt is found in the Earth’s crust only in chemically combined form, save for small deposits found in alloys of natural meteoric iron. The free element, produced by reductive smelting, is a hard, lustrous, silver-gray metal.
Cobalt-based blue pigments (cobalt blue) have been used since ancient times for jewelry and paints, and to impart a distinctive blue tint to glass, but the color was later thought by alchemists to be due to the known metal bismuth. Miners had long used the name kobold ore (German for goblin ore) for some of the blue-pigment producing minerals; they were so named because they were poor in known metals, and gave poisonous arsenic-containing fumes when smelted. In 1735, such ores were found to be reducible to a new metal (the first discovered since ancient times), and this was ultimately named for the kobold.
Today, some cobalt is produced specifically from one of a number of metallic-lustered ores, such as for example cobaltite (CoAsS). The element is however more usually produced as a by-product of copper and nickel mining. The copper belt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Central African Republic and Zambia yields most of the global cobalt production. The DRC alone accounted for more than 50% of world production in 2016 (123,000 tonnes), according to Natural Resources Canada.
Cobalt is primarily used in the manufacture of magnetic, wear-resistant and high-strength alloys. The compounds cobalt silicate and cobalt(II) aluminate (CoAl2O4, cobalt blue) give a distinctive deep blue color to glass, ceramics, inks, paints and varnishes. Cobalt occurs naturally as only one stable isotope, cobalt-59. Cobalt-60 is a commercially important radioisotope, used as a radioactive tracer and for the production of high energy gamma rays.
Cobalt is the active center of a group of coenzymes called cobalamins. vitamin B12, the best-known example of the type, is an essential trace mineral for all animals. Cobalt in inorganic form is also a micronutrient for bacteria, algae, and fungi.
Nissan has admitted to falsifying emissions data, although it hasn’t specified how many vehicles were affected or whether it impacts cars outside Japan, per the BBC. It’s the second scandal in recent months for the automaker, which revealed in September that it had allowed unauthorized technicians to test cars. Over a million vehicles were recalled for reinspection. This latest announcement comes after an emissions scandal at Volkswagen that cost the German carmaker over $30 billion (BBC).
Types of emissions
Emissions of many air pollutants have been shown to have variety of negative effects on public health and the natural environment. Emissions that are principal pollutants of concern include:
Hydrocarbons (HC) – A class of burned or partially burned fuel, hydrocarbons are toxins. Hydrocarbons are a major contributor to smog, which can be a major problem in urban areas. Prolonged exposure to hydrocarbons contributes to asthma, liver disease, lung disease, and cancer. Regulations governing hydrocarbons vary according to type of engine and jurisdiction; in some cases, “non-methane hydrocarbons” are regulated, while in other cases, “total hydrocarbons” are regulated. Technology for one application (to meet a non-methane hydrocarbon standard) may not be suitable for use in an application that has to meet a total hydrocarbon standard. Methane is not directly toxic, but is more difficult to break down in fuel vent lines and a charcoal canister is meant to collect and contain fuel vapors and route them either back to the fuel tank or, after the engine is started and warmed up, into the air intake to be burned in the engine.
Carbon monoxide (CO) – A product of incomplete combustion, inhaled carbon monoxide reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen; overexposure (carbon monoxide poisoning) may be fatal. (Carbon monoxide persistently binds to hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying chemical in red blood cells, where oxygen (O2) would temporarily bind; the bonding of CO excludes O2 and also reduces the ability of the hemoglobin to release already-bound oxygen, on both counts rendering the red blood cells ineffective. Recovery is by the slow release of bound CO and the body’s production of new hemoglobin—a healing process—so full recovery from moderate to severe [but nonfatal] CO poisoning takes hours or days. Removing a person from a CO-poisoned atmosphere to fresh air stops the injury but does not yield prompt recovery, unlike the case where a person is removing from an asphyxiating atmosphere [i.e. one deficient in oxygen]. Toxic effects delayed by days are also common.)
NOx – Generated when nitrogen in the air reacts with oxygen at the high temperature and pressure inside the engine. NOx is a precursor to smog and acid rain. NOx is the sum of NO and NO2. NO2 is extremely reactive. NOx production is increased when an engine runs at its most efficient (i.e. hottest) operating point, so there tends to be a natural tradeoff between efficiency and control of NOx emissions.
Particulate matter – Soot or smoke made up of particles in the micrometre size range: Particulate matter causes negative health effects, including but not limited to respiratory disease and cancer. Very fine particulate matter has been linked to cardiovascular disease.
Sulfur oxide (SOx) – A general term for oxides of sulfur, which are emitted from motor vehicles burning fuel containing sulfur. Reducing the level of fuel sulfur reduces the level of Sulfur oxide emitted from the tailpipe.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – Organic compounds which typically have a boiling point less than or equal to 250 °C; for example chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and formaldehyde. Volatile organic compounds are a subsection of Hydrocarbons that are mentioned separately because of their dangers to public health.