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US Drivers Finding Uber Unsustainable

This article was originally reported in the Washington Post and while it raises real and serious concerns about rideshare driving, its conclusions apply specifically to the United States and even more specifically to Washington, D.C.

What do you think? Is this exclusively an American concern? What about where you drive? Let us know in the comments if you are concerned about any of these things where you drive.

Safety Concerns

Uber Driver Safety Concerns

A Georgetown University study of 40 Uber drivers in the D.C. region released Thursday found some thought the work “unsustainable,” with one-third reporting assaults or safety concerns and saying they went into debt to drive on the platform.

Based on interviews conducted in 2016, the study found 30 percent of the drivers were concerned about their safety. One driver told researchers of being robbed at gunpoint; another said he was assaulted after turning down drugs from a passenger.

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Update Your Uber Documents

Your Registration is Expiring Soon

This is the text message I kept getting from Uber for the past few weeks.

I didn't really need it. I keep electronic diaries for this sort of stuff and I knew my registration expired on August 6, so I was set up to renew it on August 2.

I knew that Uber can access the Transport and Main Roads site, so I assumed that since they were smart enough to know my rego and CTP were due, they'd be smart enough to know that it had been renewed.

Which it was - on August 2, as planned.

Sorry, You Can't Drive

I often go out around 7:45 am on a Monday, as I'm likely to pick up an airport run. Around $40 for a pleasant 30 mins on the motorway.

But when I tried to this morning, the Uber app wouldn't connect me.

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Three Discussions to Avoid as an Uber Driver

Uber Drivers Should Avoid These Topics

This was originally posted by Jay Cradeur, a contributor to our sister site in the U.S.

While it specifically references America, the issues it raises are probably universal. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Incidentally, I (Phil) once had a similar experience to the one he describes with the woman stroking his hair with her boyfriend sitting beside her.

The only difference is that I shave my head every morning, so that she was actually stroking bare skin. Quite intimate!

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What Would You Do?

Angry Rideshare Car

I had something happen last Sunday that I hadn't come across before. I don't think I handled it properly and wondered what others think. Please leave your opinion in the Comments section below.

First of all, I live in a holiday destination (Noosa) and so weekends are usually busy.

There's a roundabout into Hastings Street, the Noosa Heads main drag. Traffic moves slowly but constantly around it and into Hastings Street. There's nowhere to stop, but as long as your rider is visible and clearly signals you, you can switch your hazards on and pick them up. The drivers behind will wait patiently. And yes, it's different in Sydney and Melbourne.

There's a taxi zone with space for around 5 cabs just before the roundabout.

Now let me say up front I totally sympathise with taxi drivers' objections to Uber drivers using taxi zones. Taxi licences are expensive and have indirectly paid for the construction of that infrastructure. They own it and no one else, but particularly a competitor, has the right to use it.

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I’m an Uber Driver: Who Dinged Me?

Uber Driver: Who Dinged Me?

When I first saw this post from our sister site in the U.S., I thought it would be about someone bending your fender or scratching your door in a car park, but it's not. It's about the passenger who gives you a low Uber rating after you've dropped them off.

Now I don't personally relate to any of the stories in this post. I currently have a 4.96 star rating and defend it jealously. While I like to think my rating is because I'm a really nice guy, I also understand it's partly because I drive in a really nice area. The Queensland Sunshine Coast is populated by really nice people.

But I thought the "Who Dinged Me?" post from therideshareguy.com was pretty funny but nonetheless contained some valuable insights.

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Uber Drivers in Qld: New Signage Requirements

New Uber Signage

New Uber Sticker for Uber Drivers in Qld

From 30 October 2017, Uber drivers in Queensland MUST display the new Uber stickers in their vehicles while driving or waiting for Uber riders (in other words, whenever the Uber driver app is on).

Unlike the previous sticker, which displayed the Uber symbol on the rear windscreen, the new stickers clearly show the word "UBER" in upper case.

There are two stickers, exactly the same. One must be affixed to the front passenger side windscreen and the other to the rear passenger side windscreen.

So that if you are looking at your car from the back, both stickers are on the left hand side.

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Biggest Frustrations of Being a Rideshare Driver

A few days ago, we posted 5 Things Uber Drivers Wish Uber Riders Knew, totally from our own experience here in Australia. Coincidentally, John Ince, a senior contributor to our sister site in the U.S., created a post that covers some similar (and additional) issues from his own American experience.

We present a slightly amended version here.

If you’ve been driving rideshare long enough, you’re bound to have encountered a few frustrations as a driver. From the distracting, like technological glitches, to the mildly annoying, like some passenger music preferences, we all have a list of frustrations. Today, senior RSG contributor John Ince highlights his biggest frustrations as a driver. Agree with these, or have a list of your own? Let us know in the comments!

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The Top 5 Mistakes Uber Drivers Make

Most of what we usually cover is about things you can do to maximise your income, reduce your tax and improve your driver ratings. But what should you NOT do as a driver?

Most of what I usually cover is about things you can do to maximize your income and improve your driver ratings. But what should you NOT do as a driver?

#5 Illegal parking

Uber Driver Parked Illegally

Hopefully you don't live in a city where the mayor goes around crushing illegally parked cars under the wheels of a Russian armoured vehicle (and yes guys this is real). Almost every time I go out driving, I see Uber drivers stopping in the middle of the road. It’s illegal parking. You can’t stop in the middle of the road even with your flashers on. You’re putting yourself at risk of a ticket, or of having an accident that's 100% your fault. If you can’t get to your passenger, if there’s no parking spots, or if there’s just too much traffic, circle the block. Give the passenger a call or a text. Let them know that you can’t find parking in the immediate area, but guys, don’t stop in the middle of the road, and always park legally.

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What are the best times to drive for Uber?

Best time to drive for Uber

One of the most loved attributes of rideshare driving is that you can do it on your own terms - when and where you want and for however long a period you desire. Despite being able to do it whenever, I don’t know any drivers who are doing it for love, so knowing when the most profitable times are is an important factor in deciding when you get on the road.

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