There are different types of Uber driving, each of which has different driver and car requirements. You can earn more as one of the more selective Uber drivers, but might need to work your way up to it, and may need a different type of vehicle.
But no matter what kind of Uber driving you do in Adelaide and South Australia, there are also basic driver and vehicle requirements to meet first.
Complete a vehicle inspection at a registered Uber inspection site. You will receive details on how to reserve an inspection time when you reach this application stage.
Driver document checklist
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A valid, full SA driver's licence
Your passport or birth certificate
Proof of vehicle insurance
The vehicle requirements for each type of Uber driving
Before getting started, your car will need to meet some basic requirements. The vehicle requirements are stricter for certain types of Uber driving. It's important to make sure you meet these basic vehicle requirements before you start the application process.
In Adelaide, all Uber cars must:
Have at least 4 doors
Have no more than 8 seats, also counting the driver's
Have current registration and CTP insurance in SA
Have working windows and air conditioning whenever carrying passengers
Be free of commercial branding
If your car meets these requirements, and is generally in excellent working condition and free of cosmetic damage, your car will likely pass the vehicle inspection.
10 years old or less (from current year)
Registered and CTP-insured in South Australia
No former taxis, government-branded or rebuilt vehicles
How to pass your Uber vehicle inspection in Adelaide
Before taking your first trip, all Uber vehicles need to pass an inspection. This must be carried out by Uber-approved providers. When you're at the right stage of your application, after your driving history has been assessed, Uber will help you arrange an appointment at an approved inspection centre.
The inspection normally takes about half an hour, after which the inspector will pass the results onto Uber. It's a good idea to make sure your vehicle meets the minimum Uber requirements, as well as South Australian standards, before you take it in for an inspection.
Your earnings depend on how many passengers you carry per hour, and what your expenses are.
Consider this example for an almost full-time Uber driver, assuming an average journey of 14-minutes over 4 kilometres, making 24 trips a day by driving 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. We've also put in a 10% reservation from every trip to cover fuel and other costs.
Gross earnings per trip
Fees deducted per trip
Uber fee (25%): $3.47 Fuel and other costs (10%): $1.40
$9.03 per trip $216.72 per day $1,083.60 per week
Uber fee (25%): $8.90 Fuel and other costs (10%): $3.60
$23.10 per trip $554.40 per day $2,772 per week
Uber fee (25%): $10.50 Fuel and other costs (10%): $4.20
$27.30 per trip $655.20 per day $3,276 per week
Uber fee (25%): $13 Fuel and other costs (10%): $5.20
$33.80 per trip $811.20 per day $4,056 per week
Uber driver income calculator
Try out the calculator below to see how much you might earn with different schedules.
Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this calculator, the results should be used as an indication only. It doesn't take into account your financial circumstances and is neither a quote or guarantee of your income as an Uber partner driver.
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