Uber has been one of the most preferred ride-hailing apps even though there is Bolt, Yango, and Ehyen (A new Ghanaian ride-hailing app). App-based taxi hailing has not only come to stay but is also enriching lives by providing fast transportation at a reasonable price with an unbeatable experience. Uber holds its partners and drivers to a high standard which allows customers to enjoy world-class ride services.
Uber launched in Ghana in 2016 with a pilot in the nation’s capital city, Accra. The pilot was successful and the company rolled out the service to the people of Kumasi, one of the biggest cities in Ghana and the capital city of the Ashanti Region. Since then, Uber has become a part of individual lives for commutes from one place to the other for various purposes. Right from students to workers and other people.
Uber is also available for corporate rides such as work visits, work-related errands, meetings, pickups, and more. Uber is the full package if you are moving fast within the city. So far, the Uber service is available in only Accra and Kumasi with hopes of the service spreading to other major cities within the next few years.
This article serves as a guide to Uber in Ghana, how it works, and how to get started as a rider and a driver.
What Is Uber?
Uber is an app-powered ride-hailing and ride-sharing service that uses a network of riders and drivers. Through the respective driver and rider mobile applications, both users can get connected when the rider makes a ride request and the app identifies a vacant driver to make the transit.
How Does It Work?
Let’s say you are in a rush to make it to the appointment and getting a taxi is difficult at the moment, and in most cases, will be more expensive. All you need to do is to have the official uber app installed. Next is to register to the platform and request a ride. Uber will give you an estimate of the ride and once you are okay with it, you click on it to request the ride.
Within seconds, Uber will assign a driver to you and you will get an estimate of the time it will take for your ride to arrive. If the duration is long, you can cancel and request a different one. Uber used to charge a flat GH5 for ride cancelation but it has since been scrapped. When your order arrives, you should take a look at the details of the vehicle against the information Uber has provided for the driver.
This is important to prevent kidnapping and other unwanted incidents. It is also good to confirm such details so when you need help after the ride has ended, tracking the rider can be smooth. Once you enter the vehicle, the rider will click on their mobile app to start the ride. Uber will start billing you from then. When you arrive, you can pay using cards, your corporate office payment, or pay by cash.
Cash is the commonest payment method but the others can equally be used. To provide a good experience and feedback for Uber as well as the driver, Uber has a rating and review feature that allows you to give all you have to say about the ride and your experience.
How Can You Make Money From Uber?
Uber is known for vehicles and transport but what most people don’t know about the company is that they do not actually own any vehicles. Their role is purely creating a market for drivers and getting rides for users who need to move from one place to another. This is where the opportunity comes for you.
How to Become an Uber Tax Driver
1. Sign up online
To get started as a driver with Uber, all you need is a smartphone. You do not even need a vehicle of your own as Uber can connect you with a vehicle owner to work with. With your email, phone number, and personal details, you can register via the uber driver application process.
2. Upload your documents
After registering, you aren’t done yet. Uber requires some documentation. Uber requires these documents in order to proceed with your registration. Some of these requirements are for vehicle owners and may not apply to you. Once you are done with your registration. Uber will assess you as an individual and a driver. Some of the assessments are listed below as well.
- A valid driving license for Ghana
- Valid vehicle insurance sticker (comprehensive is recommended, however, 3rd party is accepted)
- Roadworthiness Sticker
- Driver profile photo
- Virtual Info Session & Security Assessment
- Virtual Info Session
- Security Assessment
3. Get a vehicle
Get a vehicle that meets the requirements of Uber and proceed with your registration. It is commonplace to buy the vehicle before starting the whole registration process. However, you can do it your own way. The vehicle has to be in good physical condition, aesthetically pleasing, and meet the requirements to get accepted.
You do not have to panic if you don’t have a vehicle. Uber can help you connect with a car owner who is looking for a driver.
4. Activate your account
If you’ve completed all the above steps, congratulations! You’re ready to activate your account and start making money.
Uber Taxi Vehicle Requirements for Ghana
You can drive with Uber even if you don’t have your own car or you don’t have a commercial use permit to drive. Here are some of the requirements.
- Have a valid driving license for Ghana
- Complete a safety screening
- Watch a short information video
- You have to be a minimum of 25 years of age
- Driving documents
Minimum vehicle requirements
- A working radio
- Air conditioning
- Four Doors
- Your car has to meet the Uber decorative requirements.
Uber has been in Ghana long enough for some vehicles to become the preferred vehicles of choice for people who want to start an Uber business. They all meet the Uber requirements with lots of registered drivers using them. They have four doors and are great for a comfortable ride. However, they are all minimal and only meet the requirements. Some of the common Uber vehicles in Ghana are Toyota Vitz, Kia Morning, and Daewoo Matiz.
The earnings associated with running an Uber business are immense and could become a full-time job or a full business if you have a fleet of vehicles operating on the Uber platform. By making such a good income, you will be providing an important service that Ghanaians direly need. Check out some of the best vehicles for Uber in Ghana.
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