You’ve probably had the experience of having food delivered straight to your doorstep, with just a few clicks. But have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the one delivering?
Whether you’re already an Uber driver looking to make extra money or you’re new to food delivery altogether, here’s what you need to know about how to become an Uber Eats driver in London.
When it comes to requirements for delivering food using a car, Uber is not very strict. If you qualify for Uber, you’re more than likely ready to join Uber Eats as well.
In order to become an Uber Eats driver in London, you’ll need to download the Uber Driver app and create an account.
You can also create a new account on the Uber website, but you will still need the app for the rest of the sign-up process.
Fill in the registration form with your name, email address, phone number, and choose London as the city you want to deliver in.
Next, when asked about the type of licence you have, select the option to deliver for Uber Eats with a car.
The next step is to upload all the required documents for both you and your car. The app describes exactly what paperwork you need and how to upload it correctly.
Here’s what you need to upload:
The Certificate of Motor Insurance must cover you for food delivery and it should not exclude commercial hire and reward or delivery activity. Keep in mind that Uber doesn’t accept a Schedule of Motor Insurance or Policy Schedule.
TIP: You’re free to choose any insurance company, but Uber has a list of recommended providers. These will upload your insurance certificate directly to your Uber account, so you don’t have to add the insurance documents manually.
Once you’ve signed up with a courier account, you’ll receive an email asking you to complete a background check. It covers confirmation of identity, basic criminal record, driving record, and it also checks that you have a legal right to live and work in the UK.
It can take up to a few weeks to get your background check.
Once you’ve completed all the steps, Uber will activate your account and you’ll be ready to start delivering as an Uber Eats driver in London. Account activation may also take a few weeks.
There is no exact number to how much Uber Eats drivers make.
However, research indicates that Uber Eats drivers can make between £7 – £14 per hour in the UK, making it one of the more competitive delivery apps. Another incentive from Uber Eats is “instant cashout”, allowing you to receive pay for your completed work in a matter of minutes.
TIP: Top up your earnings in “Boost Zones”, marked in the Uber Eats driver app.
Typically, the best times are:
TIP: Weekend deliveries (Friday till Sunday) could give you 44% more earnings than driving during weekdays.
You can also count on the cold and rainy weather for more deliveries, since people don’t want to leave their homes.
Areas that are busy during the weekdays, especially during 5 PM- 9 PM are Liverpool Street, City Road, Victoria Station, King’s Cross, and London Bridge Station. The lowest demand seems to be in Moorgate, Blackfriars, and City of London.
For weekend deliveries, during 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM, a few of the best places are:
TIP: It’s more likely to receive more requests in areas that have more Uber Eats restaurants, mostly in downtown regions. These spots are marked in the Uber app with higher boosts, which can also earn you extra money.
Of course. In fact, all Uber drivers can transport passengers and deliver food during the same shift, using the same app. Uber carefully schedules everything so that you don’t have to worry about a food delivery conflicting with a passenger pick-up.
No, it’s not mandatory. But for food safety reasons, Uber Eats recommends that you use an insulated bag specially designed for food delivery. There are also restaurants that require you to have one. You can either use your own bag or you can buy one from the Uber Eats online shop.
We recommend picking one that’s big enough to carry at least an 18-inch pizza box.
Make sure that the food you deliver is kept as fresh as possible. After all, good deliveries mean good Uber ratings for you, from both your customers and the restaurants.
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