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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?

City Uber Taxify Ola DiDi
Sydney Yes Yes Yes
Melbourne Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brisbane Yes Yes Yes
Gold Coast Yes No Yes
Perth Yes No Yes
Canberra Yes No Yes
Hobart Yes No No
Adelaide Yes No No
Darwin Yes No No

How does Uber, Taxify and Ola compare for driver pay?

Uber

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

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

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?

Uber Taxify Ola
  • Be over the age of 21
  • Have access to a vehicle that meets Uber's requirements (eg. less than ten years old for UberX)
  • Have a valid full driver's licence
  • Have held your driver's licence for at least 12 months
  • Be listed as an insured driver for your vehicle
  • Be able to pass a background check
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Be registered for an ABN and GST
  • Have a valid full driver's licence
  • Have held a full licence for 12 months
  • Be listed as an insured driver for your vehicle
  • Be able to pass a background check
  • Be authorised to become a rideshare driver
  • Have a vehicle that meets the requirements
  • Have a hire car licence or certificate
  • Have a third-party property insurance policy
  • Have a valid driver's licence
  • Be registered for an ABN

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?

Uber Taxify Ola
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
Minimum fare
  • Sydney: $9 + $0.50 booking fee
  • Melbourne: $7.50 + $0.50 booking fee
  • Brisbane: $7.50 + $0.50 booking fee
  • Canberra: $8 + $0.50 booking fee
$9
  • $7 in Perth
  • $9 in Sydney
  • $10 in Melbourne
Surge pricing Yes, has reached 8x normal fare.

Yes, dynamic pricing is capped at 1.5x normal fare.

No
Availability Australia-wide with 60,000 drivers

Sydney and Melbourne with over 4,000 drivers

Perth, number of drivers unknown

Summing up

  • 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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Updated December 16th, 2018
Name Product Price Per Week (from) Insurance Included? Membership Fee Excess Distance Cost
$249
Yes
$275
$0.1 per km
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$165
Yes
$100
$0.2 per km
Get insurance, maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance in the all-inclusive price. Discounts available for longer rental periods.
$185
No
$0
$0.25 per km
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    SameerNovember 23, 2018

    i had an overseas since 2006 and in Australia i am driving since January 2018 on it but last week i got a WA Driving License. Will the uber consider driving with my overseas driving license towards their one year drivers license condition or i have to wait for another one year before being eligible to drive as Uber driver

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      JohnNovember 26, 2018Staff

      Hi Sameer,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      Uber requires that you have your Australian drivers license for 1 year first before being eligible to drive for Uber. Overseas licenses will not be used towards the 1 year condition of Uber. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    KaranOctober 24, 2018

    I have been working for ola Around 3 weeks and their pay format looks totally dodgy whom should we contact to raise this in Australia and ola is investaigated

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      JohnOctober 24, 2018Staff

      Hi Karan,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      I am sorry for the experience you have encountered with OLA. You may reach out to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to file a complaint. You may click on this link to reach that government website. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    WilliamAugust 5, 2018

    The Uber claim of $35 – $40 per hour is overstated. In Brisbane it is more likely to be $25 – $30 per hour.

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      JeniAugust 15, 2018Staff

      Hi Paul,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      This amount of $35 – $40 per hour is the average income before Uber takes its 25% cut. You may check out this page to work out how much you can earn as an UberX driver in Australia. This Uber Fare Estimate & Cost Calculator allows you to input your earnings and your costs.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    JohnJune 10, 2018

    Hi – do the likes of Taxify provide drivers sufficient information / records to do their BAS statements and tax returns?

    • finder Customer Care
      JeniJune 10, 2018Staff

      Hi John S,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Yes. Similar tax obligations for taxi drivers apply to ride-sourcing providers. The income you earn from your ride-sourcing activities is assessable income and must be reported in your income tax return. This applies even if you operate your ride-sourcing activities on a casual basis to supplement your income from another job or other business activities.

      Please see this link for more info on ride-sourcing and tax.

      I hope this helps.

      Have a great day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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