If you want to become an Uber driver in London and earn a flexible income, apart from the PCO licence, a crucial condition is that your car meets all official Uber car requirements.
The general Uber car requirements in the UK are not very difficult to meet. In London, however, the requirements for Uber cars are slightly stricter, as they must have a valid PHV licence, granted by TfL, which has its own conditions.
We made a checklist of 5 essential Uber car requirements in London, which cover both Uber and TfL’s specifications.
1. Car model
Not all car models are accepted for ridesharing in London. Your car must:
- be newer than 2008
- have 4 doors
- be able to carry 4-8 people, including the driver
Popular petrol, hybrid, and electric models on the streets of London include the spacious Toyota Corolla Hybrid, the Kia Niro 2 or the Congestion Charge-exempt MG5 EV.
Requirements also depend on what type of ride you want to offer. For example, UberX requires 5 seats and 4 doors, UberXL requires 7 seats and 4 doors, and so on.
Check if your car model is eligible for Uber in London
2. Emission requirements
This is one of the most important requirements your car has to meet. Since 1 January 2020 TfL requires all private hire vehicles licensed for the first time to meet new emission requirements:
- PHVs under 18 months old must be zero emission capable (ZEC) and meet the Euro 6 emissions standard when licensed for the first time
- PHVs over 18 months old must have a Euro 6 (petrol or diesel) engine when licensed for the first time.
TIP: Fully electric or Plug-in hybrid models will meet the new licensing requirements, like the Hyundai Ioniq or the Hyundai IONIQ PHEV .
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Besides the fact that your car should be in good condition, according to TfL, your car should:
- not look like a licensed taxi (like a black cab, for example)
- not be commercially branded
You can still make some modifications to your car’s appearance, like adding a partition screen, an incident recording device, or even an electronic payment device. However, they all have to be within TfL’s guidelines.
Read TfL guidelines
4. Right-hand drive only
TfL doesn’t licence left-hand drive cars, so you can only use your car if the steering wheel is on the right-hand side. If needed, it’s possible to convert your car to a right-hand drive, but it’s not only a complex procedure, it’s also pretty expensive.
5. Valid PHV licence
When you want to become an Uber driver in London, having a valid PHV licence for your car is a must. It goes hand in hand with the PCO licence for you, as a driver.
All Splend cars have a valid TfL PHV licence, are new-model and Uber-ready, so you don’t have to worry about any of the car paperwork.
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