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 2018 we saw the launch of not one but three competitors: Bolt (Formerly known as Taxify), Ola and Didi (Melbourne).
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, Bolt, Ola and DiDi compare for driver fees?
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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Bolt (Formerly known as Taxify)
Bolt 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%.
Didi charges a fee of 5%, which is the lowest driver fee across the board. DiDi also doesn't charge a booking fee.
Use our calculator to work out how much you'll take home each week
Tip: Set your hourly rate based on where you are driving mostly, time of day, suburbs.
Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this calculator, the results should be used as an indication only. It doesn't take into account your financial circumstances and they are neither a quote or guarantee of your income as a rideshare driver.
What are the requirements to drive for Uber, Bolt 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.
- Bolt: 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.
- Didi. Didi is still relatively new to the scene in Australia, to this information hasn't been released yet.
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||Base fare + rate per km + rate per minute|
|Minimum fare||$9||$6.98 + No booking fee|
|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||Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Geelong, Newcastle.|
- Uber is the most widely-available platform but all three will soon be available in Sydney and Melbourne.
- Ola and DiDi are the only platforms that don't charge riders surge pricing.
- DiDi has the lowest drivers' fees, with drivers able to take home 95% of their fares.
- 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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