How to start driving with Uber

Written by Jack Ramaswamy

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Everything you need to get started as an Uber driver-partner.

Welcome to our step by step guide on how to get started as an Uber driver-partner. In this post, we’ll go over the key details of private hire work and guide you through the process of getting started!

Step 1: Get a vehicle

Before starting private hire work, your first step should be to make sure you have an adequate vehicle which you can drive. Uber has some very specific and important requirements which your vehicle will need to meet.

  • Model year 2008 or newer for London drivers and year 2006 or newer for everywhere else in the UK
  • Licensed to carry a minimum of 4 passengers
  • 4 door car or minivan
  • Suitable condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No commercial branding

If your vehicle meets these requirements then you will have no problem completing the following steps!

Step 2: Insurance

When insuring a vehicle generally you will require Social, Domestic & Pleasure (SD&P) insurance, which is your standard car insurance covering you for your personal use and is necessary for your vehicle to be roadworthy. In order to be covered as an Uber driver-partner, Private Hire insurance is also necessary. This allows you to carry goods or passengers in your vehicle in exchange for payment. There can be some serious consequences for attempting to work without valid insurance, ranging from fines, to points on your license or even to vehicle impounding. At Zego, we can offer the combination of both SD&P + Private Hire in one singular policy. If you’re interested in becoming an Uber driver-partner we can get you covered with this type of policy, allowing you to meet the UK government requirements permitting you to get started with private hire work!

Step 3: Onboarding

Before beginning work with Uber you will first need to complete their onboarding process. Uber will need to verify your documents and complete your background check before your account becomes active. At Zego you will be able to integrate your Uber account to access a wide range of benefits with your insurance policy, one of which is the freedom to work with multiple other private hire companies! Zego is a member of Uber’s insurance-panel, which means we’re a trusted provider of Private Hire insurance for Uber driver-partners.

Step 4: You’re good to go!

Once you have insured your vehicle and completed Uber’s onboarding process you are good to go! At Zego we can offer you private hire insurance with either third party only or fully comprehensive level of cover. Get your estimated quote in just a few minutes today by entering your details below!

For more information about our products, you can visit our Private Hire insurance page.