Find out which rideshare company you should drive with: Uber, Taxify or Ola.
Uber dominated Australia's rideshare scene for a long time. It was the only player in the space since 2012, but the global rideshare giant paved the way for others.
In January 2018 we saw the launch of not one but two competitors: Taxify and Ola.
If you are currently driving with Uber or are looking to sign up as a driver with one or more of these rideshare companies, we've done the hard work for you and compared the platforms for drivers.
This is what you need to know.
Where are the rideshare companies operating?
How does Uber, Taxify and Ola compare for driver pay?
Uber drivers in Australia can expect to take home 75% of their weekly Uber income. Uber says you can expect to earn between $35-$40 per hour and will guarantee you this income when you start out. You can use the calculator below to get an idea of how much you will earn minus expenses.
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Taxify takes a commission fee of between 10-15% from the final price per order. It also offers a fairly lucrative bonus program designed to encourage drivers to increase more trips.
Ola offered new drivers that signed up to its platform on or before 15 February 2018 an introductory rate of 7.5%. Its standard commission rate is 15%.
What are the requirements to drive for Uber, Taxify and Ola?
Is it easy to be removed as a driver?
Uber has become notorious for its stringent customer rating system which has seen drivers complain about not being allowed to drive because of difficult customers. Here's how easy it is to be kicked off the driving platform:
- Uber: Uber will start to notice drivers whose ratings slip below 4.6. While it may not automatically block their accounts, they could be called into an Uber centre to discuss any reasons behind the low rating and how they can improve it.
- Taxify: Drivers must retain acceptance rates above 70% and cancellation rates below 30%. If drivers don't maintain this they will get automatically blocked. A driver's account may also be blocked due to low ratings, impersonation, incorrect pricing, irregular or suspicious activities or any form of misconduct. A driver's activity score, which is calculated using the last 100 rides, can also see drivers blocked. If drivers accept and complete every ride successfully the score will be adjusted positively as long as they have not rejected or cancelled more than 20% of the rides. If 20% of the last 100 rides have been rejected then the driver will be blocked.
- Ola: Ola has not made this information available as of yet. However, in other markets where Ola is operating, such as India, driver incentives are tied to ratings. Anecdotal evidence also indicates that if a driver's rating falls below 3.5 they are not allowed to access the platform.
How does the service compare for riders?
|Fare calculation||(Base fare + rate per minute + distance) x surge pricing + booking fee||Base rate + rate per km + rate per minute||Base fare + price per km + price per minute|
|Surge pricing||Yes, has reached 8x normal fare.||
Yes, dynamic pricing is capped at 1.5x normal fare.
|Availability||Australia-wide with 60,000 drivers||
Sydney and Melbourne with over 4,000 drivers
|Perth, number of drivers unknown|
- Uber is the most widely-available platform but all three will soon be available in Sydney and Melbourne.
- Ola is the only platform that doesn't charge riders surge pricing.
- Each calculates the ride cost similarly but costs vary. The minimum fare also varies between platforms.
- Different incentives are available for drivers on each platform so decide what you want when signing up.
- You have the option of signing up for multiple rideshare platforms.
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