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Sydney vehicle requirements

Drive with Uber in Sydney

Does your vehicle qualify to drive with Uber? Most 4-door cars do, but requirements vary depending on the vehicle option you choose. If you don’t own a car, we may be able to connect you with a vehicle solutions provider.

Uber’s minimum requirements

All cars driving with Uber in Sydney must be:

  • In excellent working condition
  • No older than the maximum age for the Uber vehicle option chosen
  • A 4-door car or passenger van
  • No more than 8-seats, including the driver’s seat
  • Able to pass a pink slip inspection
  • Registered and CTP-insured in New South Wales
  • Free from cosmetic damage and commercial branding

Other minimum rules apply to specific vehicle options.

Insurance

All vehicles driving with Uber must be covered by compulsory third party (CTP) insurance, and have at least third-party property damage insurance. To drive with uberX, you also need to be listed on the car’s property damage insurance policy, even if you are not the vehicle owner or main policyholder. UberBLACK vehicles need to be commercially insured.

Sydney vehicle options

These are the vehicle options and requirements in Sydney.

uberX

Most newer cars qualify to drive with uberX, the most popular vehicle option for riders - an everyday ride at an affordable price.

uberX vehicles:

  • Are in excellent working condition, with no cosmetic damage
  • Are registered and CTP-insured in NSW
  • Are 10 years old or less (2008 model or newer as of 2018)
  • Have 4 doors
  • Seat 4-7 passengers plus the driver
  • Have working windows and air conditioning
  • Are able to pass a pink slip inspection
  • Are not taxis, ex-taxis, government, ex-driving school, branded or rebuilt vehicles
  • No pre-2010 Ford Falcons (or similar)

Some rental vehicles may be eligible to drive with uberX.

UberSELECT

A step above the everyday. Mid-tier luxury sedans command higher fares - see our list of eligible vehicle models. In some circumstances, additional models may qualify.

UberSELECT vehicles:

  • Are in excellent working condition, with no cosmetic damage
  • Are registered and CTP-insured in NSW
  • Are 10 years old or less (2008 model or newer as of 2018). Some models have higher minimum year requirements - see the Eligible Vehicle Models list for more details.
  • Have 4-doors
  • Seat 4 passengers plus the driver
  • Have working windows and air conditioning
  • Are able to pass a pink slip inspection
  • Are not taxis, ex-taxis, government, ex-driving school, branded or rebuilt vehicles

In order for driver-partners to be eligible for UberSELECT, they must have

  • A 4.6 minimum rating; and
  • Have completed over 50 trips

View our list of currently approved vehicle models for UberSELECT in NSW. Some rental vehicles may be eligible to drive with UberSELECT.

Uber reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to amend this list of vehicle requirements and/or accepted vehicles at any time.

uberXL

SUVs and vans can seat extra passengers, so that you can earn higher fares. This is the high-capacity version of uberX.

uberXL vehicles:

  • Are in excellent working condition, with no cosmetic damage
  • Are registered and CTP-insured in NSW
  • Are 10 years old or less (model year 2008 as of 2018)
  • Are 4-door SUVs or large passenger vans
  • Seat 6-7 passengers plus the driver
  • Have working windows and air conditioning
  • Are able to pass a pink slip inspection
  • Are not taxis, ex-taxis, government, ex-driving school, branded or rebuilt vehicles

Some rental vehicles may be eligible to drive with uberXL.

Assist

This option is designed for riders living with disability, older adults, or those who need an extra hand when getting from place to place. Assist vehicles can accommodate folding wheelchairs, walkers, and collapsible scooters. You’ll also need to complete a free training course provided by Australian Network on Disability.

Assist vehicles:

  • Are in excellent working condition, with no cosmetic damage
  • Are deemed easy to access for passengers
  • Are registered and CTP-insured in NSW
  • Are 10 years old or less (model year 2008 as of 2018)
  • Have 4 doors
  • Seat 4-7 passengers plus the driver
  • Have working windows and air conditioning
  • Are able to pass a pink slip inspection
  • Are not taxis, ex-taxis, government, ex-driving school, branded or rebuilt vehicles
  • Can accommodate folding wheelchairs, walkers, collapsible scooters, and other assistive devices

In order for driver-partners to be eligible for Assist, they must have

  • A 4.7 minimum rating; and
  • Have completed over 100 trips

Some rental vehicles may be eligible to drive with Assist.

UberBLACK

Offer luxury rides with UberBLACK, which connects riders with professional hire car drivers for a 5-star experience.

UberBLACK vehicles:

  • Are in excellent working condition, with no cosmetic damage
  • Are registered and CTP-insured in NSW
  • Are 7 years old or less (model 2011 as of 2018)
  • Are 4-door luxury vehicles
  • Comfortably seat 4 passengers plus the driver
  • Have HC or TV registration plates
  • Have commercial vehicle insurance

View our list of currently approved vehicle models for UberBLACK in NSW.

Uber reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to amend this list of vehicle requirements and/or accepted vehicles at any time.

UberLUX

UberLUX offers top-tier rides with experienced, professional chauffeurs. UberLUX driver-partners are existing hire-car companies, either fleets or independent owner-operators.

UberLUX vehicles:

  • Are in excellent working condition, with no cosmetic damage
  • Are registered and CTP-insured in NSW
  • Are 7 years old or less (model 2011 as of 2018)
  • Are 4-door luxury vehicles
  • Comfortably seat 4 passengers
  • Have HC or TV registration plates
  • Have commercial vehicle insurance

View our list of currently approved vehicle models for UberLUX in NSW.

Uber reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to amend this list of vehicle requirements and/or accepted vehicles at any time.

UberSUV

Offer high-end, high-capacity rides with UberSUV, which connects riders with professional hire car driver-partners.

UberSUV vehicles:

  • Are in excellent working condition, with no cosmetic damage
  • Are registered and CTP-insured in NSW
  • Are 7 years old or less (model 2011 as of 2018)
  • Are luxury SUVs or vans
  • Comfortably seat 6-11 passengers plus driver
  • Have HC or TV registration plates
  • Have commercial vehicle insurance

View our list of currently approved vehicle models for UberSUV in NSW.

Uber reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to amend this list of vehicle requirements and/or accepted vehicles at any time.

uberTAXI

uberTAXI is the on-demand, cash-free taxi requested at the tap of a button. In order to drive with uberTAXI, you’ll need to be a taxi driver accredited in NSW who drives a licensed taxi.

Uber Eats

Bike requirements

  • You’re at least 18 years old
  • You can ride a bike around Sydney
  • You can pass a background check

Scooter/motorcycle requirements

  • You’re at least 18 years old
  • You hold an Australian motorcycle licence (provisional or full)
  • Your scooter or motorcycle is a 1990 model or newer
  • Your scooter or motorcycle is registered and CTP-insured in NSW
  • You have vehicle insurance (third-party property or comprehensive)
  • You can pass a background check

Car requirements

  • You’re at least 18 years old
  • You hold a full Australian licence
  • Your car is a 1990 model or newer
  • Your car is registered and CTP-insured in NSW
  • You have vehicle insurance (third-party property or comprehensive)
  • You can pass a background check

You'll also need to confirm that you have the right to work in Australia and that you have access to Medicare or relevant health insurance.

No car? No problem.

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UberEATS

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