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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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Uber Driverless Cars

Autonomous Ubers: It's a Question of When, Not If

Uber Driverless Car

I don't think that there's any doubt that Uber sees us drivers as the weak link in their business model. They are looking forward to a future where they can eliminate us.

There's no point in resenting that. We have to accept that it's an inevitable part of the future.

A future where advances in technology eliminate the need for a driver, drastically reduce the road toll and bring congestion down to bearable levels.

Followed by Future 2.0, where autonomous flying cars eliminate the road toll, eliminate congestion, return the real estate currently consumed by roads to the public domain and, more than probably, eliminate private car ownership.

After all, why own a car when you can tap a destination on your smart phone and a few minutes later a vehicle drops out of the sky, you get in, it elevates to its assigned level and travels in a straight line to your destination while you listen to music, conference with your colleagues, face time with your friends or relax with a drink.

Guys, it's not that far off!

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Protect Your Uber Rating

A Good Uber Rating is a Valuable Asset

Uber Rating Display

Your passengers are invited to rate you from 1 star to 5 but are not obligated to do so.

Your Uber rating is the average of your last 500 ratings. It's a valuable asset.

I'm often surprised at the number of passengers who mention my rating when I pick them up. Some have even read the previous passenger comments.

I believe that a good rating makes it more likely that your current passenger will also give you a good rating. So it becomes a self-proliferating thing.

What's the advantage of a good rating?

For one thing, it makes a rider less likely to cancel and more likely to be looking forward to a good experience.

But also there have been hints that the new Uber driver app to be rolled out towards the end of the year will reward drivers with better ratings in some way.

Not with cash, unfortunately, but with something like a higher priority on better trips. We'll just have to wait and see.


How to Get and Keep a Good Rating

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Uber Driver Cancellations

When Should an Uber Rider be Able to Cancel Free?

Uber Rider Cancels Ride

It happens to all of us at one time or another.

A rider calls for an Uber, you accept the ride, head out to the pickup address and then the rider cancels.

You wonder what the heck happened?

Did they press the Uber app and proceed to confirm and then remember they actually meant to send a text to Aunt Bessie?

Did they take a good look at your face on the acceptance confirmation and decide they didn't want to ride with you?

Or was there a genuine unforeseen emergency that was a legitimate reason for cancelling the ride?

Unfortunately, we never get to know.

And from my experience, we rarely get the cancellation fee either, because the rider has a whole 5 MINUTES to cancel without penalty.

This morning, I was in a good position to pick up an airport ride. Two hours before a scheduled flight from Sunshine Coast airport to Melbourne, parked outside the Sofitel resort hotel.

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Uber Driving with Additional Stops and Extra Distance

Do Uber Drivers Get Paid for Extra Stops and Kilometres?

Uber Clown Sign

This is really part of the general question of how is the Uber fare calculated. Is it based on the time and distance from the pickup point to the destination entered by the rider or on the actual time taken and distance travelled?

First up, be aware that the rider has been given a fare estimate based on the details entered.

But it's just that - an estimate.

The actual fare will be calculated on the distance actually travelled and the actual time taken.

We've all had the passenger who asks "Can we pick up a friend on the way?" It doesn't matter whether it's on the way, or out of the way, you'll still get paid for it.

In fact, I use it as an opportunity to be Mr Nice Guy and increase the likelihood of a 5 star rating. I always say something like "Absolutely. No problem at all" adding the passenger's name to the end, if I remember it. Which I usually do, because I've memorised the rider's name when I accepted the ride and greeted them by name when I picked them up.

What if Your Uber Rider Asks for a Round Trip?

The other thing that can happen is that you reach the destination, perhaps a liquor outlet or a supermarket, and your rider asks you to wait and then take them back home again.

What should you do?

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On Being a Full Time Uber Driver

Full Time Uber Driver

What Does It Take to Hit 15,000 Rides?

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a full-time driver and entrepreneur? In this interview, RSG contributor Jay Cradeur talks about what it’s like full-time driving, the strategies he uses to not burn out (he’s given over 15,000 rides!), and how he’s transitioning from rideshare driving into his own business.

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Uber and GST Revisited

Change from December 2017

From the 1st of December 2017, Google started invoicing its Australian drivers as an Australian entity.

Among other things, this means that Uber, just like the rest of us, is paying GST on its earnings.

What Does This Mean for Drivers?

This change has no effect on your net income as a driver.

You still have to pay GST on the total charged to your riders. Your invoice from Uber will be higher as it now has GST added, but this GST in turn reduces your GST payment obligation.

This means that your weekly Uber income will be reduced by the GST amount but you recover it by a lower GST amount paid to the ATO on your quarterly BAS.

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Should I Upgrade My Car to UberSelect?

I received an email from RideshareGuy reader Andrew Stimson asking:

"I am trying to find info on Uber Select, preferably in QLD (I am on the Gold Coast). I would really like to know the percentage of rides I could expect for Select. I have rung Uber but they don't know so it is difficult making a decision whether to buy a more expensive car.
Thanks."

As this is a question others may have, I thought I'd post both the question and my reply here.

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More Profit for Uber Drivers Part 2

Uber Increases Fares

New Uber Fares Australia

In a move welcomed by Uber drivers in Australia, Uber has increased its fare structure.

I believe that this will have no impact whatsoever on the number of riders using Uber. Price is about fifth on the list of reasons passengers give me for choosing Uber over other alternatives.

This post documents the new fare structure for other parts of Australia, as advised to us by Uber.

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More Profit for Uber Drivers

Uber Increases Fares

Uber Driving for Money

In a move welcomed by Uber drivers in Australia, Uber has increased its fare structure.

I believe that this will have no impact whatsoever on the number of riders using Uber. Price is about fifth on the list of reasons passengers give me for choosing Uber over other alternatives.

This post documents the new fare structure for the Sunshine Coast in Queensland where I work, but I'll cover other areas in Australia in subsequent posts over the next few days.

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