Technology has transformed the taxi business so much these days that we now have what is called ride-hailing. Ride-hailing is a business in which riders (passengers) contact drivers to take them to specific destinations for a fee. Usually, they do this over a website or mobile application and they can pay cash or straight from their accounts.
Uber is regarded as the most popular ride-hailing service in the world and it has branches in so many countries including Nigeria. Enrolling as a driver on Uber is a great way to add an extra income stream if you already have a job. The company pays quite well so if you have a car and you need a job, you can take up this business full-time.
How much does Uber pay car owners in Nigeria?
There are two ways to earn from Uber. You can either be a partner or you drive by yourself. A partner is a person that owns a car and finds someone to drive on their behalf. Choosing this mode of operation is perfect if you are quite busy and wouldn’t have the time to drive by yourself.
It doesn’t matter which one you choose, it is quite difficult pegging a specific amount on how much you will get from Uber. A workweek on Uber ends on Monday at 4 am. As such, drivers get their payment from Uber on Tuesday morning. This brings us to the question, “how much does Uber pay drivers?”
Uber gives drivers 75% of all the money they make driving for one week. The company keeps the remaining 25%. While people think that this is much, you should consider the fact that the company has to manage its app and pay taxes. Uber partners can make as much as N100,000 per week depending on several factors.
Factors Affecting How Much Uber Pays a Car Owner in Nigeria
Whether you are a partner or a driver, you can make a good amount of money from Uber every week. Uber considers both as car owners so we will lump them together in this section. Several factors determine how much an Uber driver makes per week and they include:
- Location of the driver. Drivers in Lagos earn more than their counterparts in other parts of Nigeria.
- The number of trips a driver makes per week is another important determining factor. Drivers will make more money when they drive on more trips.
- Distance covered on each trip. Drivers will earn more if they cover a long distance on a trip than a short distance.
- Finally, surge determines how much a driver earns. By surge, we mean whether it is rush hour or not. When a driver makes trips during rush or peak periods, they earn more than on off-peak periods.
How to Become an Uber Driver in Nigeria
There are certain requirements that you must satisfy to become an Uber driver in Nigeria. They include:
- Possess a valid driving license.
- You must be at least 21 years old.
If you satisfy both requirements, then you can take the steps below to register with Uber:
- Carry out vehicle inspection at any of the Uber partner inspection centres. You will be charged N2,000 for the inspection process. Simply drive your car into any of the inspection centres closest to your location.
- Gather the necessary documents and upload them to Uber’s platform. The documents include driver’s license, vehicle inspection report, vehicle insurance document identity card, certificate of roadworthiness, and passport photo.
- Sign up as a driver on Uber’s platform.
- Complete the Uber onboarding process. Here, Uber checks to see that you possess the qualification to be a driver and satisfy all the requirements.
- Uber background check. In this stage, Uber checks all the submitted documents and also checks your vehicle records, criminal history, and driving record.
Car Requirements for Uber Nigeria
Before you can sign up for Uber, your car must satisfy a list of requirements. We have put together a list of these requirements below:
- The car cannot be manufactured earlier than the Year 2000.
- It must be a 4-door sedan.
- The car should be in great aesthetic condition and working condition.
- It should have the capacity to carry at least four passengers.
- The air conditioning, power windows, and radio must all be working.
Uber considers the following cars ineligible for its services:
- Cars with two doors.
- Full-size vans or trucks.
- Government-owned vehicles, taxies, and other marked cars.
- Accident, rebuilt, or salvaged vehicles.
With this out of the way, you want to know what kind of car is the best for running the Uber business in Nigeria. In truth, there isn’t a specific make of vehicle that you should use for this business. However, we recommend that you make use of a car that has very good fuel economy. This way, you save yourself from spending all your income on purchasing fuel. Below is a list of cars that Uber accepts in Nigeria:
- Acura: RDX, TL, MDX, RL, RLX
- Audi: A4, A6, A7, Q5, S6, S7, S8
- BMW: 3 series, 5 series, 7 series, X3, X4, X5, X6
- Chevrolet: Cruze, Epica
- Chrysler: 300
- Dodge: Charger, Durango, Journey
- Ford: Focus, Fusion, Edge, Explorer, Expedition
- Geely: MK, JX, M, M35, M37, M45, M56, Q56, Q60
- Honda: Accord, Crosstour, CR-V, Civic, Element
- Hyundai: Elantra, Accent, Santa Fe, Sonata, Tuscon, Veracruz
- Infiniti: Q50
- Jeep: Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot
- Kia: Optima, Rio (2014-newer), Sedona, Sorento, Sportage
- Lexus: ES350, GS350, 570, GS 450, GS 460, LS 460, RX350, RX450
- Lincoln: MCK, MKS, MKT, MKX
- Mazda: CX-5, CX-7, CX-9, Mazda 6
- Nissan: Maxima, Murano, Rogue, Xterra
- Toyota: Avalon, Avensis, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Prius, RAV4, Venza, Land Cruiser
- Volkswagen: Jetta, Tiguan, Touareg
Note that if you don’t have a car, Uber can pair you with one of its partners who have cars but don’t have the time to drive.