Uber driving is a lucrative business in Nigeria that offers you much freedom to work at your own pace. The average Uber driver is reputed to take home a weekly salary between ₦60,000 to ₦120,000. Becoming an Uber driver is a great way to easily make your own money based on an already established business. If you want to become an Uber driver in Nigeria, this article writes on the steps to becoming one, Uber Nigeria car requirements and how to maximize your profits as an Uber driver in Nigeria.
Steps to becoming an Uber driver in Nigeria
Get your vehicle inspected
A prospective Uber driver must have his or her vehicle(s) inspected at an Uber partner inspection center near you for a fee of ₦2000. Some of these companies are Cars45, VisaCheck, Femco Engineering Autoservice.
Prepare your documents and upload them to Uber
You must prepare a list of documents to be uploaded on the Uber app. These documents are:
- A valid driver’s license
- A vehicle inspection report
- A valid vehicle insurance document (this is needed solely for the car you intend to use for the Uber business). The insurance document must include your car’s registration number and its expiration date. Your official name must be written on the insurance document and must match with the name you will use to sign up on Uber page.
- A certificate of vehicle roadworthiness: You can obtain a certificate of vehicle roadworthiness at an FRSC Vehicle Licensing Office or testing station near you.
- A valid hackney permit: This is another driving document that is required for a driver to drive freely on Nigerian roads. It is particularly required in Lagos state, so you can drive without any form of harassment.
- Your identity card
- A passport photo
Once you have all the above documents, you can then upload them to your account.
Sign up on the Uber online platform
Once your documents are ready, go to the Uber website to sign up
After signing up and uploading the necessary documents, you will then go through an onboarding process which is a means for the company to ensure that you are qualified for the position and meet its standards for its riders. In order to get through this step, you must have registered as a driver and uploaded your documents unto the Uber website. At this stage, an Uber driver is expected to go through a general knowledge test, such as usage of Uber mobile app, knowledge of the city of operation, an aptitude test, and a psychometric test.
Uber background check
This is the final step in your signup process. The Uber background check is the point where the documents you have uploaded in the first step are cross-checked. The company also checks if a driver has a criminal history, motor vehicle record and a thorough check of your driving record.
Minimum driver-partner requirements
The good thing about Uber driving is that you do not have to own a car to become an Uber driver. Most people can drive even without a car or commercial permit. Here are the minimum requirements in Lagos and Abuja:
- A valid driving license for Nigeria
- You must have complete a safety screening organized by Uber
- You will be mandated to watch a training video
- You have to be a minimum of 21 years of age
Minimum vehicle requirements
All vehicles used in Uber must be in excellent working and physical condition with no cosmetic damage. Other requirements are:
- A working radio
- Air conditioning
- Four doors
- Model year 2000 or newer
Required vehicle documentation
Below are the required documents you must upload before you hit the road as an Uber driver:
- Valid vehicle inspection report.
- Valid vehicle insurance
- Roadworthiness certificate
- A valid Hackney permit
How to maximize your profits with Uber
Below are tips and insights on how to become more successful as an Uber driver in Nigeria.
The Uber driving business is such that you need to put in your best and work hard to increase your income amidst the competition.
Make friends with experienced drivers
It is important you build a rapport with those who are already in the business as they can provide you with inside information on routes and tips to earn more money. Since there are no books or resources to teach you these things, you have to rely on people.
Hotels and shopping centers are great places to get riders
Lagos hotels and shopping malls are great places to get requests for rides. You can also keep a personal daily log to track the times and places where you will often find the most rides.
Be available on days with concerts and big events
Whenever there are events such as concerts or fashion shows, there will inevitably be a crowd in need of Uber services. These events are usually filled with fans and tourists who need transport services around town. This will be a good and easy time to make more money.
Maintain a good relationship with workers of restaurants or hotels
Oftentimes, those who work at restaurants and hotels come in handy as guests might need drivers in cases of emergencies. In times like these, the workers will reach you first.
Try going around the suburbs
You will often find people in suburbs who need to book rides to city centers. These trips are usually long and earn more money for you.
Drive during rush hours
Lagos and Abuja are known for their heavy traffic. It might be a stressful activity to drive in heavy traffic, but the demands and fees are significantly higher. The busiest times are usually at 5 a.m when people want to quickly get to a location. This leads to the rush hours of 6-9 a.m. while evening rush hours are from 4-9 p.m.
Uber gives you an opportunity to run your own business through their already established platform. With a good strategy, hard work and following the tips already mentioned in this article, you will become a successful Uber driver.