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Taxify driver guide Brisbane

Find out everything you need to know about driving for Taxify, one of Uber's biggest rivals.

Ridesharing is big business in Brisbane. Uber has a notable presence, but many drivers and riders are turning to Taxify. Why? For some drivers, it's the higher earning potential due to lower commission fees while other drivers know how to work their schedules to make the most of driving for both Uber and Taxify.

This guide will explain how Taxify compares to Uber and other rideshare companies for drivers and everything you need to know about signing up as a Taxify driver in Brisbane.

A little about Taxify

While Uber may be a more recognisable brand for most Australians, Taxify is no newcomer to the ridesharing scene.

Established in Europe back in 2013, Taxify now operates in 25 countries around the globe. Its Australian launch commenced in December 2017 and features such as cheaper fares for riders and lower commission fees for drivers have seen Taxify making a major impact on the Australian market.

Taxify's Australian cities

Taxify currently operates in the following cities in Australia:

How to qualify as a Taxify driver in Brisbane

Before you can sign up as a driver for Taxify in Brisbane, you'll need to make sure you satisfy its requirements for drivers and vehicles. The criteria can vary slightly from city to city, so here's what you need to know about driving in Brisbane:

LocationDriver requirementsVehicle requirements
Brisbane
  • At least 21 years old
  • Hold an ABN
  • Registered for GST
  • Hold an unrestricted Queensland driver's licence for at least 12 months
  • Hold a Driver Authorisation (DA) with a Booked Hire/Taxi (BHTX) categorisation
  • Hold a Booked Hire Service Licence (BHSL)
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident, or holder of special category visa
  • Acceptable criminal record
  • Acceptable driving history
  • Medically fit to drive, with a medical certificate issued by a GP
  • Current Queensland registration
  • Excellent condition with no cosmetic damage
  • 2008 model or newer
  • Four-door vehicles only
  • Room to seat four to seven passengers, not including the driver
  • Working windows and air-conditioning
  • Not a taxi, government vehicle or rebuilt vehicle
  • Current Certificate of Inspection
  • Compulsory third party (CTP) insurance class letter: private vehicles require a Class 26 upgrade and rented vehicles need a Class 4 upgrade

The benefits of being a Taxify driver in Brisbane

Consider the following benefits when deciding whether to apply as a Taxify driver in Brisbane:

  • Payments made weekly. Earnings are deposited into your bank account on a weekly basis.
  • Choice of direction. Choose to travel in a certain direction within the Taxify app and you'll only be offered rides that are going in that direction: the perfect feature when you're ready to head home for the day.
  • SOS button. The Taxify app features an SOS button to keep drivers safe.
  • Bonuses for drivers. From time to time, drivers may be eligible for bonuses for driving during peak periods or driving a certain number of hours per week.

Rideshare driving in Brisbane: Comparing Taxify, Uber and Ola

FeatureTaxifyUberOla
Available citiesSydney, Melbourne and BrisbaneAll major Australian cities, with the launch of Darwin services in August 2018.Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane
Vehicle requirements
  • Queensland registration
  • Excellent condition
  • No cosmetic damage
  • 2008 model or newer
  • Four-door vehicle
  • Seats four to seven passengers, excluding the driver
  • Working air conditioning and windows
  • Not a taxi, government vehicle or rebuilt vehicle
  • Certificate of Inspection
  • Compulsory third party (CTP) insurance
  • Registered in Queensland
  • Free of cosmetic damage
  • Free of commercial branding
  • Not a taxi or former taxi
  • Between four and eight seats, including the driver
  • 2010 model or newer
  • Hold required insurance
  • Able to pass a pink slip and Redbook inspection
  • Hold registration as a commercial passenger vehicle
  • 2010 model or newer
  • For 2017 cars and earlier, hold a current annual Certificate of Roadworthiness or pink slip
  • Fully registered
  • Fully insured, including third party property damage and CTP
  • For private vehicles: issued with a hire car licence
Driver paymentsWeekly bank transferWeekly bank transferDaily bank transfer
Commission15%25%7.5% for the first 30 days of driving, 15% thereafter
How to sign up as a driverOnline signup, vehicle inspection, in-person trainingOnline signup, vehicle inspection, in-person trainingOnline signup

Sign up as a Taxify driver in Brisbane

Signing up for Taxify can be a quick and easy process provided you have all the documents to hand. Start by going through the driver and vehicle criteria above and making sure you have everything you'll need.

Then, head to the Taxify website and fill in its short online form. You will be prompted to enter your basic contact details and to select Brisbane as the city you wish to drive in. Next, enter information about the vehicle you intend to drive, followed by your driver's licence details.

You will then be asked to provide all the documents that Taxify needs to process your application, including your birth certificate, a photo of yourself and documents to prove that you and your vehicle meet all of the eligibility criteria.

Finally, you will be prompted to enter your ABN and your bank account details.

Once your application has been received, Taxify will contact you to arrange a vehicle inspection and in-person training. After that, you'll be all set to drive with Taxify!

Rent a Taxify-friendly car in Brisbane

Want to drive with Taxify but don't have a suitable car? Consider the following rental options, allowing drivers to rent a Taxify-ready vehicle by the hour or by the day.

Updated June 17th, 2019
Name Product Price Per Week (from) Insurance Included? Membership Fee Excess Distance Cost
$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.
$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.
$269
Yes
$275 (26 week rental period)
$0.10 per km

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