Uber Changes Car Requirements, Now Allows Vehicles 2000 or Newer to Sign Up
There’s a lot of confusion on the requirements to become a driver for Uber. It’s understandable, as this information can often be hard to find. The company doesn’t make it easy, to say the least and contacting Uber, as we previously explained, can be overly complicated. Even then – to say that waiting times for a response can be frustrating, is an understatement. One of the most frequently asked questions pertains to the age of the vehicle you own, and whether its new enough to drive for Uber.
The problem is, that this requirement can vary greatly between various states and cities. There’s not a one-size-fits all solution for every area. This, is what’s undoubtedly causing the confusion. Until recently, Uber required cars to be 2005 or newer, due to its rolling ten year requirement. However, this policy has since been updated by the company, to allow for cars 2000 or newer to be enrolled into its program.
Yet, this still doesn’t cover every city and as such, you’d be wise to check below to find out if your vehicle is valid in your respective area. If we don’t have your state covered – reach out and we’ll endeavour to do our best to inform you. Similarly, if you have information on a specific area? Let us know and we’ll update the list.
As always, we will endeavour to keep this article updated as much as possible, as further details arrive or the situation changes.
What is the vehicle age requirement for my state?
As aforementioned, this is can vary depending on not only your specific area, where you wish to operate as a rideshare driver for Uber, but also for the very service type you wish to take advantage of. For the two cheapest Uber fares – UberX and UberXL – the requirements are as follows:
- Los Angeles – 2000 or newer
- Orange County – 2000 or newer
- San Francisco – 2000 or newer
- Chicago – 2001 or newer
- Boston – 2000 or newer
- Atlanta – 2005 or newer
- Dallas – 2005 or newer
- Milwaukee – 2000 or newer
- Nashville – 2000 or newer
- New York City – 2008 or newer
- Philadelphia – 2007 or newer
- Pittsburgh – 2007 or newer
We expect that – by judging from the confirmed list above – the same requirement will hold true for the majority of other markets. In Philadelphia – and potentially other areas – where there are laws and PUC requirements, this might not hold true, and it is best to confirm, however. This requirement means that vehicles must be 8 years or newer, with less than 100,000 miles on the clock.
Though, for those looking to drive under the UberBLACK or UberSUV service, you are required to have a vehicle that is 2010 or newer. However, registration, for the time being, has closed on these services – so that should not be an issue for most.
Why has Uber lowered the required vehicle age?
The most obvious and likely scenario would be that this is all part of Uber’s strategy to attract more drivers from other rideshare platforms, such as Lyft, of which has already had a similar requirement in place, for some time now.
Furthermore, not everyone wants to purchase a new car, if their existing one – despite being slightly older – is in top-notch condition still. It makes sense to cater to these car owners, as well. That’s the second reason in its own.
Uber needs to meet the ever-growing demand. If they don’t do this, they are going to stagnate their potential. To continue lowering the waiting times for passengers, this is incredibly important to their future in the market.
Though Uber has already attempted to attract new drivers through a number of promotions – ranging from rather hefty sign up bonuses to a guaranteed income on a weekly or hourly basic – they haven’t had the success that the firm was likely expecting. If they want to continue to hold a dominant position in the rideshare market, they have to introduce new changes to their policy – such as this one – to open up the service to additional drivers.
This is a very complicated question to answer. It’s always hard to judge how these things are going to play out in reality. Theoretically, though, it is likely that it will affect current Uber drivers. The entire thing is a numbers game, after all.
If there is an influx of new drivers signing up to become a rideshare driver for Uber, then there will of course, be more competition for fares. That’s simple logic.
This means, if you live in an area that already has limited demand, then it will likely impact your earnings – daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Especially if this attracts enough drivers from competitor platforms such as Lyft. Though, if you operate in a state where demand is high enough, this most likely won’t impact you all that much.
For those who driver for service types including UberBLACK and UberSUV, this is even less likely to impact you. Especially with Uber not accepting new drivers under these services for the time being, across virtually every market.
Though, the overall impact this might have on you remains to be seen. It ultimately depends on the success of this new policy change from Uber. It’s going to be interesting to see how things develop.
I’m a passenger, how will this affect me?
Unlike current Uber drivers, this is most certainly going to be a good thing for passengers who use the service. That’s assuming this requirement change works in Uber’s favour, though. If new drivers sign up in high enough numbers, then there will be more vehicles on the road to cater to the demand for fares.
In the simplest form, that means there will be lower waiting times for Uber passengers. Not only that though, but you will be less likely to encounter surge pricing. This, sees Uber increase their rates during peak times, to encourage more drivers to become available.
As previously noted though, this will of course, still vary on a state-by-state basis. Some states might see an increase in drivers, whilst others, might not.
Perhaps you are worried about this as an existing Uber driver? Let us know your thoughts on the situation. As we’d love to hear your opinion on the matter. Reach out and speak to us about it.