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Ola driver guide Sydney

Everything you need to know about signing up as an Ola driver in Sydney, including where to get your car.

Uber has only become legal across Australia in the last three years, but now Aussies are blessed with the power of choice when it comes to ridesharing. Ola, which launched in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in January 2018, offers an alternative to the original rideshare Uber and at the time of writing has facilitated 1.5 million rides across Australia. If you're looking to make a bit of extra cash with rideshare and are considering Ola, this guide will tell you everything you need to know.

A bit about Ola

Ola operates in over 110 cities across India and Australia, offering rideshare services in vehicles including taxis, cars and rickshaws. Ola offers unique features for passengers such as SOS alerts, lower peaks and real-time location sharing as well as the convenience you've come to expect from a rideshare service.

Where in Australia is Ola available?

Ola is currently operating in the following locations:

Eligibility criteria to be an Ola driver in Sydney

The eligibility criteria for Ola differs depending on the city you're signing up in. The criteria below applies to Sydney.

LocationEligibilityRequired documents/information
Sydney
  • Vehicle model 2010 or later
  • Compulsory third party or third-party property damage insurance
  • Full unrestricted licence (no P platers)
  • Vehicle registration
  • Insurance documents
  • Certificate of roadworthiness/pink slip
  • NSW licence and a form of ID
  • NSW driving record
  • Your bank account details and ABN

Benefits of driving with Ola in Sydney

Ola offers a number of benefits to rideshare drivers, including:

  • Daily payments. All of your outstanding earnings are transferred to your nominated bank account the next working day.
  • Safety. Driver safety is paramount, and all drivers have access to an SOS button within the Ola app.
  • Introductory commission rate. You can take advantage of Ola's introductory commission, currently 7.5%.
  • Standard commission rate. After the initial 30-day period, the standard commission rate will apply. This rate is currently 15%.
  • Support. Ola offers round-the-clock support for its driver partners, so you will be able to contact the helpline 24/7.
  • Free registration. It doesn't cost anything to sign up as an Ola driver-partner.
  • Direction of your trips. Ola will send you ride requests in the direction you want to travel.

Ola vs Uber vs Taxify: Sydney

Not sure which rideshare platform to sign up to? No worries, we've put together a quick comparison to help you decide.

FeatureOlaUberTaxify
AvailabilitySydney, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast, Canberra and BrisbaneIn every stateSydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
Vehicle restrictions
  • 2010 model or newer
  • Vehicle is registered and insured
  • Has a certificate of roadworthiness or a pink slip
  • No older than 9 years
  • Have 4 doors and no more than 8 seats
  • Be registered in NSW
  • Be in excellent condition and be able to pass a pink slip inspection
  • Not be a taxi
  • Have no commercial branding
  • Be in excellent working condition with no cosmetic damage
  • Be able to pass a Redbook inspection
  • 2008 model or newer
  • Have 4 doors and seat 4-7 passengers (excl. the driver)
  • Have working windows and air conditioning
  • Not be a taxi, government, branded or rebuilt vehicle
PaymentDaily paymentWeekly bank transferWeekly bank transfer
Commission7.5% for first 30 days, increases to 15%25%15%
Signup processOnlineIn-person training and vehicle inspection requiredIn-person training usually required and a vehicle inspection is required

How do you sign up to be an Ola driver in Sydney?

Head to Ola's website and sign in with your Google account to sign up as a driver. From there you can enter your personal details and agree to the terms and conditions. Verify your mobile number and provide a few details about the vehicle you're using to drive with Ola, including whether you own it. You'll need to enter the information as outlined in the table above as well as upload images of the required documents.

Once you've submitted all the required details, it will be reviewed by Ola and you will be notified whether you are accepted as a driver-partner.

Need a car to drive with Ola?

Compare the following rental services that are suitable for rideshare.

Updated March 27th, 2019
Name Product Price Per Week (from) Insurance Included? Membership Fee Excess Distance Cost
$199
Yes
$275
$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.
$165
Yes
$100
$0.20 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
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.

Compare up to 4 providers

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