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What Are the Alternatives to Uber in Australia?

Uber, Lyft and other rideshare services in Australia

Well, not a lot to be honest. Australia is pretty much a one ride share company, and that company is Uber.

There are a couple of local startups, such as GoCatch and SwyftRyd (who on earth told them it was a good idea to use a name that no one can remember how to spell?) but they don't really have any traction. They are in a Catch-22 situation. If you're a rider, there's typically no drivers around, so you go back to Uber. And if you're a driver, there's typically no riders looking for you, so guess what, you go back to Uber.

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Uber on the Sunshine Coast

Uber on the Sunshine Coast. Noosa River.

Driving for Uber on the Queensland Sunshine Coast is way different from driving for Uber in any of the capital cities. I live in the shire of Noosa, which is at the northern end of the Sunny Coast, around 140 km from Brisbane and just under 40 km from the Sunshine Coast airport at Marcoola. The Sunny Coast itself stretches for about 50 kms from Caloundra in the South to Noosa in the North.

Holiday Destination

As a holiday destination, Noosa’s population varies widely, depending on both days of the week and time of the year. Noosa has a permanent population of around 50,000 people, but this can quadruple on weekends, mainly from Brisbane, with more visitors from the Southern states during school holidays.

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How Much Money Do Uber Drivers Make in Melbourne?

Driving for Uber in Melbourne, Australia
Driving for Uber in Melbourne, Australia

Before I started driving, this was the biggest question on my mind. I set off to search the internet for any shred of information on the topic. I couldn’t find a thing about Australia, let alone Melbourne specifically, I only knew what I would make if I were driving in America, which wasn’t much. Nonetheless, I decided I’d give it a crack. You can read about my first driving experience here.

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What happens if someone gets sick or makes a mess in your car?

Sick rider in Uber car

Uber’s cleaning fees are meant to reflect the cost of cleaning. They are not meant to be punitive, nor are they meant to reflect the cost of downtime caused by the incident. They only exist to compensate you for the cost of cleaning.

My personal opinion is that if I do the cleaning myself, I should still be compensated the same amount. Sam the Uber driver is being given a cleaning fee so that he can pay Sam the car cleaner (himself) the cost of cleaning the car.

My personal opinion is that if I do the cleaning myself, I should still be compensated the same amount. Curtis the Uber driver is being given a cleaning fee so that he can pay Curtis the car cleaner (himself) the cost of cleaning the car.

If I can just run my hand across the seat and sweep off a little dirt or even a few crumbs, I don’t say the sky is falling and ask for a cleaning fee.  But if I have to open my boot and get out my cleaning supplies, then yes. I cleaned. The cleaning fee applies. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  If it takes me off the road for any period of time, it’s justified.

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