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Ola driver guide Brisbane

What you need to know about signing up to drive with Ola in Brisbane.


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Despite only being available in Australia a few short years, ridesharing has definitely been embraced by Australians. Now, with the introduction of platforms such as Ola, Australians are able to enjoy choice as well as convenience. Choice is in the hands of both riders and drivers.

If you're thinking of signing up as a rideshare driver, you may want to consider Ola. Find out all about the benefits Ola offers its drivers in this guide.

A bit about Ola

Ola is a rideshare platform originally from India which launched in Australia in January 2018. It currently operates in over 110 cities worldwide. Founded in 2011, Ola counts over 1,000,000 driver-partners on its platforms, with vehicles such as cabs, taxis and auto-rickshaws.

Where in Australia does Ola operate?

Currently, Ola operates in the following Australian cities:

  • Brisbane

What criteria do you have to meet to drive with Ola in Brisbane?

To drive with Ola, you have to meet different criteria depending on the Australian city you want to drive in. For Brisbane, you have to meet the following criteria:

LocatonEligibilityRequired documents/information
  • Vehicle model 2010 or newer
  • Vehicle is insured with compulsory third party and at least third party property damage insurance
  • You have a booked hire service licence
  • You have a valid Australian licence
  • Your licence and another form of ID
  • A certificate of inspection for your vehicle
  • Insurance documents
  • Passenger transport/taxi driver authorisation or an interim transport authority
  • Your bank account details and ABN

What are the benefits of driving with Ola in Brisbane?

  • Daily payments. Other rideshare platforms will pay you weekly, but Ola pays you for your outstanding earnings the following business day.
  • Commission structure. Ola offers an introductory commission structure for new drivers which is currently 7.5%. After 30 days this increases to 15%.
  • Driver safety. Drivers have access to an SOS button directly within the app.
  • Support from Ola. You can contact Ola 24 hours a day.
  • No cost to register. You won't pay anything to sign up as an Ola driver.
  • Online driver signup. The driver signup process is completed online.
  • Trip direction. Ola will send you trip requests in your preferred direction of travel so you don't end up too far from home.

Brisbane rideshare driving: Ola vs Uber vs Taxify

Where is it available?Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast, Canberra, AdelaideMost Australian cities (Darwin launching August 2018)Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
What vehicles can you drive with?
  • 2010 model or newer
  • Be insured with compulsory third party and at least third party property damage
  • Be able to pass a vehicle inspection
  • 2008 model or newer
  • In excellent condition and free from cosmetic damage or branding
  • Have 4 doors and no more than 8 seats
  • Be able to pass a vehicle inspection
  • Be insured with compulsory third party and at least third party property damage
  • Registered in Queensland
  • 2008 model or newer
  • Have 4 doors and seat 4 to 7 passengers
  • Be in excellent working condition with no cosmetic damage
  • Not be a taxi, government, branded or rebuilt vehicle
  • Have working windows and air conditioning
How are you paid?Daily transfers to your nominated bank accountWeekly transfers to your nominated bank accountIn cash or weekly transfers to your nominated bank account
What's the commission structure?Introductory rate of 7.5% for first 30 days, then 15%25%15%
What's the signup process?OnlineSign up online then in-person training and vehicle inspectionSign up online, in-person training is usually required

What's the signup process for Ola drivers in Brisbane?

The signup process for Ola drivers is completed online. To get started, head to and log in with your Google account. You'll need to enter some personal details and then agree to the Ola partner-driver terms and conditions. Once you verify your mobile number, you will need to provide details about the vehicle you intend to drive with Ola, such as whether or not you are the owner. You will then need to submit images of the required documents outlined above. After you have submitted all required documents and information, Ola will review your application and notify you whether you have been accepted as an Ola partner-driver.

Compare vehicle rental options to drive with Ola in Brisbane

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Price Per Week (from) Insurance Included? Membership Fee Excess Distance Cost
Splend Car Rentals
$275 (26 week rental period)
$0.10 per km
Get access to fuel discounts, referral bonuses and member only benefits when you rent a rideshare car with Splend. Rent-to-Drive and Rent-to-Buy options available.
DriveMyCar Uber Rentals
$0.10 per km
Get insurance, maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance in the all-inclusive price. Discounts available for longer rental periods.
Europcar Uber Rental
$0.25 per km
Benefit from 24/7 roadside assistance, a wide range of vehicles and no signup fee to start driving with Uber. A minimum four-week rental period applies.
Splend Rent-to-Own
$275 (26 week rental period)
$0.10 per km
Rent a car and pay it off as you go with no lock-in contract, membership benefits and flexible rental options

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    SundarNovember 24, 2018

    Just now my friend used the ola frist time but the ola charged the price please let me know

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      JoshuaNovember 26, 2018Staff

      Hi Sundar,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      Yes, Ola isn’t free. It charges your friend as a customer. We also have a page that you might be interested in. It compares Uber and Ola.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

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