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Vehicle requirements in South Africa

Which car is right for you? Make sure it meets the vehicle requirements in South Africa, and remember that you’ll make more money if you keep your costs low.

Note: No South African cities are currently accepting new vehicles.

Your vehicle must-haves

  • Model year 2013 or newer
  • 4-door sedan or minivan
  • Good condition with no cosmetic damage
  • No hatchbacks accepted

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Vehicle options in South Africa

UberX

The majority of riders choose uberX. You can use most recent models to drive with uberX in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

Additional requirements

  • 4-door sedan in good condition
  • Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
  • 1.4l engine or higher
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No hatch-backs
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles

Click the link below to view popular uberX vehicles.

UberXL

Seat extra passengers and charge higher fares with a higher-capacity vehicle in Cape Town and Durban.

Additional requirements

  • 4-door SUV or minivan with independently opening doors
  • Seat at least 6 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles

Most SUVs qualify to drive with uberXL. See our list of popular models, but others may qualify.

UberBLACK

Charge higher fares with a mid-tier luxury sedan in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

Additional requirements

  • Model year 2013 or newer
  • Leather or vinyl interior with no tears
  • Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles

Click the link below to view popular uberBLACK vehicles.

UberVAN

Drive with uberVAN in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Additional requirements

  • 4-door minivan with independently opening doors
  • Seat at least 7 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles

Depending on driver-partner ratings uberVAN vehicles may also qualify for uberFAMILY. See our list of approved models.

UberGO

Most newer hatch back vehicles qualify to drive with uberGO. Drive with uberGO in Port Elizabeth.

Additional requirements

  • 4-door hatch backs in good condition
  • Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No full-sized vans or trucks
  • No taxi cabs, government cars, or other marked vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles

Cars model year 2012 or newer qualify to drive with uberGO. View our list of popular models.

Vehicle on-boarding guidelines

How does the waiting list work?

In the interest of fairness, the ‘waiting list’ process has been amended to prioritize vehicle on-boarding based on the date of sign up.

Therefore it is no longer necessary to join the waiting list yourself, as you will be automatically entered based on the date of sign up to Uber.

Vehicle solutions

No matter how you plan to drive, we can help you find a car that’s right for you. Discover the range of options available to you.

Get more from Uber

  • Get support

    Let’s make every Uber trip hassle-free. Our support pages can help you set up your account, get started with the app, adjust fares, and much more.

  • Contact Uber

    Got questions? Get answers. Enjoy personal support at an Uber Greenlight Hub in in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth or Durban and other cities in South Africa.

  • Make more money

    As well as driving passengers, you can also sign up to deliver food with Uber Eats. Find out more about how it works where you live.

  • Rewards

    Reduce your costs and take home more of what you make in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth or Durban with driver discounts and rewards from Uber’s partners.

  • Partner Protection

    Partner Protection helps protect you from the cost of accidents or life events, and is provided at no cost to all eligible independent driver partners.

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