Uber rideshare is expected to make a return to Edmonton in July!
Being it that I am an ex-driver for Uber in the city of Edmonton, I received an e-mail from the folks at Uber Alberta in regard to what I must do in order to be able to drive for them again beginning July 1, 2016.
Interested in becoming an Uber Partner? You will need:
- Class 4 drivers license
- EPS background check
- Medical exam
- Rideshare insurance coverage
Of course, this will end up being a little more expensive than what was required by Uber late last year (only a class 5 license), but the good news is that this time around, Uber will be running in Edmonton 100% legally and these costs far outweigh the benefits.
The class 4 written and road test costs roughly $145.
Early last week, I saw that rideshare insurance coverage for those residing in Toronto, Ontario was costing them an additional $500 per year. This allowed those rideshare drivers to drive up to 20 hours per week at this price. If you expect to drive more, expect to pay a bit of a higher premium.
$500 per year is equivalent to less than $42 per month, which can actually be paid off from as little as giving one Uber passenger a ride!
There has not been any released information regarding what Albertans will pay for added rideshare insurance coverage, but it is to be expected that it’ll be relatively the same.
Uber has also very recently [launched UberEATS in Edmonton].
Uber will pay you to get your Class 4 license:
Those wanting to give driving for Uber a shot, Uber Alberta is willing to pay you $250 on your first pay if you complete your class 4 drivers license before June 22nd, and complete a single Uber passenger ride.
At the end of April, Uber made UberPUPPIES available for order to those working in downtown Edmonton. It was a [major success].
From 2015 into early this year, there were thousands of Uber drivers in Edmonton. I was one of those drivers. I personally drove roughly 1,000 people home safely after nights out of drinking. It gives you a sense of satisfaction being able to get others home safely, and yet get paid to do so.
I will gladly be getting my class 4 license and joining Uber once again.
If you’re interested in learning more about becoming an Uber Partner, [see here].
Uber is now [valued at over $62.5 billion].
I for one, look forward to the return of Uber in Edmonton. However, I do presume that Edmonton taxi does not. This may also affect other rideshare companies that have recently launched, such as TappCar.
What are your thoughts?
This article was written by Jody Mitoma.