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Ola driver guide Gold Coast

From commission rates to car requirements, what you need to know about driving with Ola in the Gold Coast.

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Ola is the latest rideshare company to come to Australia, launching in a number of cities around the country. If you're currently driving with Uber in the Gold Coast or are considering getting into the rideshare game, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about Ola so you can decide whether it's right for you.

A short background on Ola

Ola is an Indian rideshare company that currently operates in over 110 cities worldwide. Ola drivers, of which there are over one million, have been operating auto-rickshaws, cabs and taxis through its platform since 2011. The company focuses on leveraging technology to "solve urban mobility challenges" and ensure "convenient, transparent and quick" rides in Australia.

Where is Ola available in Australia?

As of August 2018, Ola is available in the following Australian cities:

How to be eligible to drive with Ola in the Gold Coast

You need to meet certain criteria to be eligible to drive for Ola in the Gold Coast. Keep in mind this criteria changes depending on the city you want to drive in and these criteria only apply to the Gold Coast.

CityEligibilityRequired documents/information
Gold Coast
    • Vehicle model 2010 or later
    • Have compulsory third party and third party property damage insurance
    • Have a Booked Hire Services licence
    • Have a certificate of inspection
    • Have a passenger transport/taxi driver authorisation or an interim transport authority
  • Insurance documents
  • Vehicle eligibility documents
  • Your driver's licence
  • A proof of ID, such as your passport
  • Your ABN and bank account details

What are the benefits of driving with Ola in the Gold Coast?

There are a number of advantages to Ola's rideshare platform for drivers. These include:

  • Daily payment. Other rideshare platforms, including Uber, pay their drivers weekly. Ola will transfer the amount owed to you every banking day.
  • Safety and security. Should you ever be in danger, you'll have access to an SOS button in the Ola app.
  • Commission structure. Ola offers an introductory commission rate of 7.5% which stays in place for 30 days. The ongoing commission rate is 15%.
  • Driver support. There is a 24/7 driver support helpline.
  • Register for free. It doesn't cost anything to sign up as an Ola driver.
  • Choose your direction of travel. When you're planning on heading home, you can select your direction of travel so you don't end up too far away from your destination.

Ola vs Uber: Gold Coast

FeatureOlaUber
AvailabilityMelbourne, Sydney, Perth, Gold Coast, Canberra and BrisbaneIn every state (Darwin expected late 2018)
Vehicle requirements
  • Vehicle model 2010 or later
  • Insured with compulsory third party and third party property
  • Have passed an inspection
  • Be less than 10 years old
  • Insured with compulsory third party and third party property
  • Have no more than 8 seats, including the driver's
  • Be able to pass an inspection
  • Be free from cosmetic damage and branding
  • Be a 4-door car or passenger van
PaymentDaily payment by bank transferWeekly payment by bank transfer
Commission7.5% introductory rate for 30 days. The ongoing rate is 15%20%
Sign-upOnline applicationIn-person training and vehicle inspection will be required

How to sign up as an Ola driver in the Gold Coast

The Ola driver sign-up process is relatively simple. First, go to Ola's website and log in with your Google account. You will then need to enter your personal details, agree to the terms and conditions and verify your mobile number. Ola will also need you to provide information about the vehicle you plan to drive. You will need all the required documents (outlined above) on hand as you will need to provide copies of these as part of the sign-up process. Once you submit all required documents and information, you'll find out if you've been approved as an Ola driver quite quickly.

Looking for a car to drive with Ola in the Gold Coast?

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Price Per Week (from) Insurance Included? Membership Fee Excess Distance Cost
Splend Car Rentals
$199
Yes
$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
$160
Yes
$0
$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
$195
Yes
$0
$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
$269
Yes
$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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