The monthly On-demand news – February 2021 summary. We pull together the latest ridesharing and on-demand driving updates so you’re always on top of your game. Here’s what’s happened in February.

Adapt your driving strategy to the easing lockdown restrictions

We prepared a quick guide so you can keep the key dates in mind and adapt your driving strategy to maximise your earnings as the restrictions are gradually relaxed.

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Changes to Uber trips in Central London

Uber recently announced that they are increasing the Central London Fee to £1.50 from £1.00.

They also announced that UberPool fares will not be subject to the Central London Fee, making it more affordable to riders. The ridesharing app will provide drivers with a £1.50 contribution for these Pool trips to partially cover the cost of the Congestion Charge.

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Uber launches Connect

Uber Connect is an easy, same-day, no-contact delivery solution that allows people to send items in real time. Here’s how it compares with normal package-delivery services:

  • No postage required.
  • On-demand package delivery—no need to wait hours or days for it to arrive.
  • The driver will transport the package on your behalf directly from your location
  • No direct contact with others—physical distancing guidance approved

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UK Government sets out road map for easing lockdown restrictions

On the 22nd of February 2021 the UK Government announced its roadmap out of the current lockdown – meaning that rideshare demand will start returning to normal over the coming months.

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UK Supreme Court ruling on Uber drivers

With the UK Supreme Court ruling that drivers should be classified as workers, Uber will now launch a nationwide consultation to seek the views of all active drivers who use the app in the UK.

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Update on self-employed tax deadlines

The HMRC has announced that self-employed taxpayers will not be charged a 5% late payment penalty if they pay their tax or set up a payment plan by 1 April.

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Splend customers will receive 30% off GoSimpleTax, to avoid any last-minute stresses and further penalties by completing your tax return today.

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