The days of Uber drivers hiding their navigation systems in fear of a $1500 fines by police, and loss of points is but a memory from this month onwards. The Queensland government legalised ride sharing services officially on the 5th September 2016.
Taxi Drivers are spitting fire at the decision, but Uber drivers are just getting on with business, anticipating greater demand and growth for their services.
I bumped into Dillon Baker, employed to advertise Uber at the Westfield Shopping Center at Mount Gravatt.
There were two individuals promoting Uber, handing out free Uber rides and inviting people to consider becoming Uber drivers. **
I was curious why Uber was making such an effort to promote their services in the local shopping center?
Dillon explained that since Uber had just became regulated, Uber had experienced a massive influx of customers.
This demand is facilitating the need to advertise for more drivers to join Uber, so that they could accommodate future growth.
To ensure that Uber can consume the increased demand, these temporary aisle kiosks would be popping up at local shopping centers.
Dillon was quick to add that Uber is after both permanent and temporary drivers, that the conditions on offer are very flexible.
Isn’t Uber concerned that they will flood the market with too many drivers?
Since the campaign had started handing out flyers, over 10,000 new people had registered to use the Uber app.
Currently, there are only 10,000 drivers on the road, and Uber is keen to grow this figure to 50,000 drivers in Brisbane just on it’s own.
Uber believes that this figure will be what they need to grow towards here in Brisbane.
The average driving time for an Uber driver is only 10 hours a week, as it’s usually a side interest to their day jobs.
The more drivers on the road, the more convenient and cost effective Uber will become.
Dillon explained that they had a massive influx of customers without the driver numbers to accommodate this.
You might have experienced times when Uber shows a surcharge, I experienced this myself on the Gold Coast when I attended Problogger.
I wanted a Uber pickup just before midnight, so the surcharge on my app showed x1.6 the usual fee, due to the limited number of drivers available at that time of the evening.
**UBER AND GST
To anyone thinking about becoming a Uber driver, you will need to consider the following points:
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