Uber Nigeria Taxi Service: A Viable Business Model for Car Owners in Lagos, Nigeria
Uber Lagos has clocked over one billion trips since its inception in Lagos, Nigeria. This was tweeted on their twitter page on January 2nd, 2016. Whether you like it or not, Uber Lagos is growing and expanding every day. Uber has come to stay in Nigeria.
— Uber Lagos (@Uber_Lagos) January 2, 2016
According to Uber Wikipedia’s page, “Uber Technologies Inc. (stylized as U B E R) is an American international transportation network company headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company develops, markets and operates the Uber mobile app, which allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars.
Uber was founded as “UberCab” by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009 and the app was released the following June. Beginning in 2012, Uber expanded internationally. In 2014, it experimented with carpooling features and made other updates.
Klout ranked the San Francisco-based company as the 48th most powerful company in America in 2014. By late-2015, Uber was estimated to be worth $62.5B. As of May 28, 2015, the service was available in 58 countries and 300 cities worldwide.”
In July 2014, Uber Lagos commenced its operations in Lagos State, Nigeria. I am writing this article with an entrepreneurial mindset and I will be highlighting the reasons why you should partner with Uber as a business person.
This is a summary of what you need to know to partner with Uber Nigeria:
#1. Business Model and Payment Information
The business model depends highly on the driver and their knowledge of Lagos in general. Your possible earnings are dependent on this and your profits can be affected by the amount of inefficient travel between trips, air con usage, etc.
Uber collects the full fare on your behalf directly from the client and deducts a service fee of 20% on which the balance is paid into your bank account.
All payments are made weekly into a Checking account and not Savings account, on a Tuesday which clears in your bank account either on Thursday or Friday.
#2. Setting up your Partner Account
You create your partner profile by visiting this link. After which you will then set up your bank details (current account only), upload vehicle documents and then set up drivers’ details for each driver in your account (if you are using your personal car).
You can also drive your own car if you want to. Just add your name to the drivers’ list and add the necessary documents (a valid driver’s license and a Lagos State Drivers Institute Card, LASDRI). And if you do not have a driver, you can request for one.
Uber only accepts one driver per account and all drivers must go through a background check initiated by Uber.
#3. Accepted Uber Vehicle Standards
For a vehicle to be eligible for Uber Nigeria (UberX & UberBlack), it must be a sedan (2009 and newer) with a mileage less than 100,000Km when placed on the system. All vehicles must have seat belts for all the passengers including the driver, a working radio and air conditioner (electric windows preferable) with a clean title (no salvage vehicles)
This is a comprehensive list of vehicles accepted by Uber.
Other vehicle documents required by Uber Nigeria are: Certificate of roadworthiness – obtained from the licensing department; Tint Permit (if vehicle is tinted); Certificate of Incorporation; Certificate of Ownership; and Vehicle License Number.
How to Become an Uber Driver in Lagos
To become an Uber driver, you have to go through the onboarding process. The stages of this process is summarized as follows:
# Register on the Uber platform
# Register as a driver
# Test 1: General knowledge
# Test 2: City knowledge
# Interviews and onboarding session
# Test 3: Uber App Test
# Background check information submission
# Ready to drive.
You can read more on the boarding process here.
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