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Taxify driver guide Melbourne

A detailed guide so you can decide if you should sign up with the Uber rival.

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Ridesharing can be a great way to earn a second income or a flexible job to choose if you want to set your own hours. Now that there are multiple ridesharing platforms to choose from, you want to make sure you're signing up with the one that's right for you.

This guide will take you through the important points about signing up with Taxify to drive in Melbourne, including the commission structure, vehicle requirements and how it compares to Uber and Ola.

A bit about Taxify

Founded in Estonia, Taxify is an international rideshare platform that now operates in 25 countries around the world. It launched in Australia in December 2017 and also operates in Europe, Africa, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Where does Taxify operate in Australia?

Taxify currently operates in the following Australian cities:

Are you eligible to drive with Taxify in Melbourne?

Eligibility criteria differ for Taxify drivers between cities. The following standards apply to Melbourne drivers:

LocationDriver requirementsVehicle requirements
Melbourne
  • 21 years old
  • Have an ABN and be registered for GST
  • Have held a full (no P Platers) Australian or New Zealand licence for six months
  • Have a Hire Car Licence or Commercial Passenger Vehicle number issued by the CPVV
  • 2008 model or newer
  • Have 4 doors and seat 4-7 passengers (excl. the driver)
  • Be in excellent condition with no cosmetic damage
  • Have working windows and air conditioning
  • Not be a taxi, government, branded or rebuilt vehicle

Why should you sign up to drive with Taxify in Melbourne?

There are a number of benefits to signing up to drive with Taxify in Melbourne.

  • Choose your direction of travel. If you plan on heading home soon, Taxify lets you select "rides towards your destination" so you can work your way towards home.
  • Get paid weekly. You can start to see your earnings pretty soon after you make them, with Taxify paying you weekly to your nominated bank account.
  • Fast sign-up process. You can register to ride with Taxify online and your application will be reviewed within 24 hours. After your vehicle is inspected you can start earning money as a driver-partner.
  • Safety feature. Should you ever find yourself in danger on a trip, Taxify offers drivers an "SOS" safety button within the Taxify app that you can use.

Rideshare driving in Melbourne: Taxify vs Uber vs Ola

FeatureTaxifyUberOla
CitiesSydney, Melbourne and BrisbaneAll states (Darwin available 2018)Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane
Vehicle requirements
  • 2008 model or newer
  • In excellent condition with no cosmetic damage
  • Have valid third-party property damage cover of at least $5 million
  • 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
  • Have a Hire Car Licence
  • Be registered in Victoria
  • Have no cosmetic damage or commercial branding
  • Have 4 doors and no more than 8 seats, including the driver
  • Be able to pass a RedBook inspection
  • Be registered as a commercial passenger vehicle
  • 2010 model or newer
  • CTP insurance and at least third-party property damage insurance
  • Have a Hire Car Licence if the vehicle is private
  • If the manufacturing year is 2017 or earlier, a current annual certificate of roadworthiness
How drivers are paidWeekly bank transferWeekly bank transferDaily bank transfer (banking days)
Commission15%25%Introductory rate of 7.%, this increases to 15% after one month
SignupOnline + vehicle inspection + in-person trainingOnline + vehicle inspection + in-person trainingOnline

How do you sign up to drive with Taxify in Melbourne?

You can sign up online in about five minutes and the in-person training takes about 30 minutes. Here's the registration process:

  • Make sure you meet the driver and vehicle requirements
  • Head to the Taxify website and select the driver sign-up form
  • Provide your email, phone number and nominate the city where you want to drive (Melbourne)
  • Enter your vehicle information
  • Enter your driver's licence details
  • Provide Taxify with the documents requested. There are eight documents in total that are required
  • Provide your ABN or ACN and your banking information

Don't have a car? Compare rental options for Taxify in Melbourne

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. Note: Rent a vehicle before 30 June 2020 and get $200 off.
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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