Sydney, which is the state capital of New South Wales (NSW), became the first city where Uber began expanding in Australia. Until the end of 2018, Uber was available in nine more cities including additional six regional cities around the state.
Apart from Sydney, another city where Uber operates is Byron Bay, Newcastle and Wollongong. At the end of the year they added six other regional cities across NSW such as Bathurst, Coffs Harbor, Orange, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, and Wagga Wagga.
With the increasing number of cities reached by Uber, it gives more opportunities to local drivers across NSW to get extra money which is expected to be able to give impact on the lives of locals.
- 1. Driver Documents
- 2. Car Requirements
- 3. Eligible Car Models
- 4. Payment Information and Tax
- 5. New Driver Registration
Uber Driver Documents Requirements NSW
As Uber service relates to transportation, the NSW Government imposed a new regulation related to point to point transport services. To follow this regulation, Uber sets out a number of requirements for new driver-partners which related to personal information and vehicle docs.
In order to provide rideshare services with Uber platform in the cities around New South Wales, you must meet a number of requirements listed below:
- Driver Licence
To become an Uber driver-partner, you must have an active Full NSW Driver License (not a provisional and learners license) and no less than 12 months.
You have to take pictures of it from side and back side. The licence must clearly show the Full Name, Photo, License Number, Date of Birth, Expiry Date, License Class and Address.
New Requirement: PTLC (Passenger Transport Licence Code)
To follow the new regulations set by the NSW Government, every Uber driver-partner is required to have a Passenger Transport License Code (PTLC).
Uber can help you to submit PTLC application to the Road and Maritime Services (RMS) on your behalf. Find out more by logging into your Uber driver account.
- Proof of ID
To get approved, they need a photo of your passport / a birth certificate / ImmiCard. The photos you take must clearly show Full Legal Names including middle names and surnames, Gender, Date of Birth, Birth City and Country.
- Driving Record (and Background Check)
Uber needs your driving records to be able to evaluate if you deserve to drive with them. The record is a note regarding the history of the violation that has been recorded against your driving license. They only requires you to download the online record. Find out more about Driving Record by logging in driver-partner account page.
After you upload the driving record docs, they will also run the Police Background Check against your name through National Crime Check (NCC). This is done online and is usually processed within 2 weeks.
Uber Car Documents Requirements in New South Wales
The car requirements applied to ensure that your vehicle is ready to hit the road and comply with Uber vehicle standard as well as New South Wales transportation regulations.
Unlike other ridesharing services, Uber offers many vehicle options on their services such as UberBLACK, UberLUX, UberSELECT, UberSUV, etc. But here we will only explain the basic, most widely used service around Australia, which is UberX.
- Basic Requirements
The basic requirements in question are listed below:
The car at least 10 years old or less, in 2019 the minimum car age is 2009.
A car with 4-doors, 4 passenger seats and no more than 7 passenger seats, excluding driver’s seat.
It’s in a good working condition including the Air Conditioning and the windows, and make sure the vehicle does not have significant cosmetic damage.
Not an ex-taxis, government or rebuilt cars.
No commercial branding on the external car’s body.
- Vehicle Registration
The NSW Government requires every single car that provides passenger transport services to be registered in the state. That is why you need to prepare a NSW-registered Vehicle Certificate to meet this regulation.
- Vehicle Insurance
Your car needs to be backed up with a Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance in order to fulfill NSW regulations.
- Car Inspection (Pink Slips)
Pass eSafety Checks (Pink Slips) for vehicle aged 2013 – 2017 and require annual re-inspection. For 2018 and 2008 – 2012 cars, does not require a pink slips since they are already inspected.
Uber will tell you during driver-partner registration process when your vehicle does require it.
Eligible Car Models
Most cars with 4-doors sold around Australia should meet the requirements to drive for UberX. They did not point out car brands and eligible models for this vehicle options.
They only specify car models and year for premium vehicle options which include UberAssist, UberBLACK, UberXL, UberSELECT, UberBLACK SUV and UberLUX. To find out more about this you can read Eligible Car based on Uber Vehicle Options.
Payment Information and Tax
By default, Uber payment will be automatically transferred to your chosen banking account every week. But now there is an Instant Pay feature that allows you to request payment every day.
- Bank Account Information
They need information related to your Bank Account Information which include Bank Name, Bank Account Number. Almost all the most well-known banks in the country can be used to receive payments.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) requires you to have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and register for GST.
Uber provide easy steps to assist you to register for an ABN and GST, you can find out more about this on your Uber partner account page.
New Driver Registration in New South Wales
Uber makes the registration process easy for those who want to become driver-partners. You don’t need to come or visit anyone. You can even do it at home using your phone. You can read our writing about Uber Driver registration process with pictures.