If you want to become an Uber driver in London and earn a flexible income, apart from preparing your PCO licence application, 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.
Not all car models are accepted for ridesharing in London. Your car must meet the following requirements:
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.
You can also use your Uber Clean Air EV Assistance to get a discount on an Uber car rental plan.
This is one of the most important requirements your car has to meet. Since 1 January 2023 TfL requires all private hire vehicles licensed for the first time to meet new emission requirements:
TIP: All fully electric models will meet the new licensing requirements,.
Besides the fact that your car should be in good condition, according to TfL, your car should:
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.
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.
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.
The oldest cars allowed to drive for Uber can only provide Uber’s standard services, UberX and Uber XL, and must be 10 years old or newer.
No. It’s your responsibility to have an eligible car to drive for Uber. However, Uber partners with vehicle solution companies like Splend to offer their drivers flexible access to Uber-ready cars.
If your car meets all Uber’s requirements, it’s suitable for Uber driving.
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