We’re glad you asked – Uber is an app that allows users to book a car ride that’s right for them and pay for the journey via card. Meaning cash is not required. Uber also has access to a large number of drivers to provide a quick service.
Founded in the USA in 2009 Uber is known as a Transportation Network Company – that’s a private hire taxi service to you and me. Their aim is to “improve access to transportation” and they have done this with the creation of an easy to use app named Uber!
Their services eventually reached the UK in 2012. Starting out in London the company rapidly grew and now has a presence in the majority of UK cities.
Anyone with a valid Private Hire License and a vehicle that meets the standards set by Uber can apply to be a driver. Successful applicants will attend an onboarding process where they must prove they have the required skills, training and knowledge to drive for Uber.
In the US Uber offer insurance for part of the private hire journey but personal insurance must be purchased when driving without passengers. However this insurance option is not offered in the UK – which has caused a lot of confusion.
Uber do not hold any responsibility when it comes to their UK drivers insurance. As vehicles are not owned by Uber it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure the correct insurance is in place – this is also proven during the on boarding process.
What insurance do you need?
Uber drivers require private hire vehicle insurance with hire and reward. This level of cover ensures both the vehicle and passengers are covered in the event of an accident.
Why Choose Staveley Head?
Uber Service Options
Identifying the need for different sizes and types of vehicles Uber have expanded their services in the UK, offering the below options:
Uber do not offer all services in all areas. The map below indicates what services are available in each destination: