Ever wonder what is the life behind as Uber driver? Is it dangerous to drive along with other strangers in town? What if I bump into fellow taxi drivers and they start to beat me up? Is the Uber earning really that good? How can I make my riders happy? What if the passengers are unhappy and give me a bad rating?
These are all the questions I ever pop up before I register myself as Uber driver. Same like you, I was worry if it is safe to become a Uber driver since this is the first time I am going to use my car to earn money! I am excited yet worry at the same time. Yet, I took the action and registered myself as Uber driver in Penang.
Registration to become an Uber partner is easy.
First, a user must own a personal vehicle, that is less than 5 years old.
The user can then register himself/herself for FREE and entitle to receive RM300 ONLY from link! —>
Uber Partner Referal Registration Link
Don’t worry for some of you with the vehicle that is more than 5 years. If your vehicle is more than 5 years but still in perfect condition, then you are will be accepted as Uber Partner as well.
Once the registration is completed, user can receive an invitation email from Uber for account activation as below image:
The user then has brought along their vehicle insurance cover note, driving license and IC for documentations and verification purposes during the meetup.
After the documentations, the Uber’s staffs share about how to use the Uber application and share to us how to get the rating of “5 stars” from Uber’s riders.
The meet up was pretty fun and partners get to learn a few new friends from the meeting 🙂
After 2 weeks, drivers then will receive notification about their Uber Partner account is activated; and the driver can get started their very first Uber driver experience!
There are several hotspots in Penang where Uber drivers able to get higher chance of picking the Uber riders. Those hot spots are Tanjung Bungah, Georgetown Light Street, Bayan Lepas Industrial Zone.
I personally encourage drivers to hunt riders around Light Street, and Batu Ferringhi. These 2 areas are hottest spots as far I as experienced.
Uber drivers have to be in “ONLINE” status in order to pick Uber riders around the city.
I went to few of the places and I get to meet up different people that using the Uber service. Most of the Uber riders are friendly as well, and 70% of Uber riders that I picked were tourists while 30% only from local Penangite.
Most of them have bad experience from using the public transports, thus they opted to use Uber service instead.
Below is the example wherever there are Uber’s passenger is looking for Uber driver from the Uber Partner app:
Uber driver also has the option to pick or not to pick the riders. But in order to qualify for the incentive program from Uber, Uber driver has to accept at least 90% most of the trip from the riders.
From above image, the Uber driver is 4 minutes drive time away from the riders.
My Uber driver in Penang story:
In fact, I was worried as well during as the first timer Uber partner. The adrenaline rush activated when I received beep from Uber rider (above screenshot) during I was roaming around the Bayan Lepas in daytime. Quickly I drove my car to the pickup point, which was located at the Putra Place Condominium.
When I reached the Putra Place Condominium, the pickup point set by the rider was set in one of the units of the condominium, but I wasn’t able to get into the condominium because the Putra Place’s guards disallowed me to drive my car into the compound. So I have to give a call to the rider instead and told him that I will be waiting for him at the condominium entrance, and he is OK with it.
***Oh ya, for safety purposes: I kept my car locked until the Uber passenger knocked my car window before I unlock my car.
Once the rider was inside the car, I do the ice breaking session. I introduce myself and we talked about Uber-related topics. I also have a casual chit chat with riders and occasionally I introduce them the best place to get nice foods around Penang island as well.
*Sam, the Uber passenger (not his real name) prefer to use Uber instead because the service is convenient and cheaper 20% compared to a normal taxi ride.
We able to have good chat until we reached the destination set by the riders. He left and rated my service with 5 stars. Awesome!
Uber’s Fact: Once the Uber driver accepted the beep, the Uber driver has to pick up the riders else he/she has the risk of being de-rated for bad rating from the riders.
The Uber app able to navigate the driver to the rider’s pick up location. Once the rider is picked up, the driver has to swipe to the right on their Uber Partner app to start the trip, and charges will be made to the rider from the app according to the distance and time of the journey.
Uber app will navigate the driver to reach the destination as well. Uber Partner application works together with 3 navigation systems to assist the Uber driver to the destination:
- Google Maps
- Uber own navigation app
In the car, some riders are quiet and some are talkative. It pretty fun as I get to meet different people while I was driving my car around the town. I picked a lot of Singaporean as well and, they are friendly. Most of them came to Penang Island for a holiday.
Oh yea, another important point: Driver just have to assure their smartphone’s battery stay alive throughout the journey.
**Tips of day: Keep the charging devices and cable in the car 🙂
Once the driver reached the selected destination, the driver has to swipe to the right to end the trip and the auto-calculation will be done from the Uber Partner app.
The transaction was done in cashless, thus there is no cash required between driver and the riders. This is another reason why Uber riders love to use Uber service.
Story: One of the most memorable in my Uber driver journey has I met 2 Guangzhou and a Hong Kong tourists who came to visit Penang for a holiday. I picked them up from Sungai Nibong bus station, and driving them around the town to show them our Penang city and must EAT foods places!
They are excited to be around in Penang for the first time! And they even treated me a bowl of Hokkien Mee at Green House Prawn Noodles, Georgetown:
How lovely they are! This is one of the best experience I had as Uber driver 🙂
And yeah, sometimes we have to wait for the riders to beep us at the roadside as well. The waiting duration usually is between 5 min to 30 minutes. That time, we have to wait for stupidity there for the Uber beep to trigger us 🙁
So what are we doing during the waiting time for the Uber passengers to beep to us?
- We drive our car aimless around the city
- Stop our vehicle at petrol station, beside the “mamak”, or roadside
- Sleep in the vehicle
- Scroll facebook endlessly in the vehicle
- Smoke in the car (some of us?)
- Call up friends, and pretend we gonna meet up them cause we are there accidentally
- We crap in our Uber Drivers Wechat Group 🙂
- Snap thousand of car photos, like what I did? LOL
Below is one of the breakdowns of the Uber fare after every Uber trip:
During peak time, 6am to 9am and 5pm to 8pm or festival season, there will be surge around the cities and Uber partners able to earn much more!
Above highlighted area showed 2.1x surge, which means the fare that earned by the Uber partners during surge time are multiple by 2.1 times!
And the overall fare of the week of my very casual drive time (I only drive after working hours, and just spend 1-2 hours each of driving time. Moreover, I don’t drive during surge time else I going to much more!):
Below is the overall the fare for 33 trips:
Uber take 20% of the total fare as their profit. But drivers are still earned some decent income, and they had fun along the journey just like I did!
Here are some of our friendly Uber drivers in Penang during the meet up with the team:
Uber driver can meet different people and chit chat with them along the ride, and it is definitely a fun way to earn money from the car!
A lot of our Uber partners earn up to RM5K per month in Penang, and RM8K in Kuala Lumpur!
So, what are you waiting for?
Register to be your own boss, drive your beautiful car around the town and have fun with the Uber riders, and get ADDICTED to drive around with your beloved car and most important is GET PAID only from this link! –>
I ASSURE you will earn the MONEY and have FUN to be Uber driver then! 100% safe and 100% legal earned income.
SPAD are officially approving Uber as legal transport service in Malaysia, of course with some regulations that yet to be finalized.
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