The Uber Change That Will Affect 63,000 Aussie Drivers
Uber drivers will now have even tighter safety requirements for their cars.
From October 1, all new cars registered with Uber will need a 5-star ANCAP safety rating or equivalent for luxury vehicles.
Drivers who have already registered their vehicles before this date will have another two years to get their car up to standard.
If a driver hasn't updated their vehicle to comply with Uber's new safety standard by October 1, 2021, they will be locked out of their profile and unable to operate as an Uber driver.
In Australia, there are more than 63,000 active driver-partners with Uber.
The ride-share company already has stringent rules in place for cars used by drivers, but hope this new rule will "have a meaningful and lasting impact on road safety" given the size of the country's population.
"This builds on our already strong Vehicle Safety Policy, which requires vehicles to be less than 10 years old, in excellent working condition, have third-party insurance, and be re-inspected each year," a spokesperson told 10 daily.
With ANCAP setting the safety standards for cars in Australia, Uber said the companies shared the common goal of creating a safe way of transporting people.
"The majority of UberX trips in Australia are already taken in cars that have a 5-star ANCAP rating or equivalent," Uber said.
"What this new policy means is that in a few years’ time, that will be the case for all trips."
Nearly 95 percent of the cars sold in Australia in 2017/18 were ANCAP rated, and 91 percent of those held a 5-star rating.
ANCAP Chief Executive James Goodwin said 5-star safety was now the expected standard by Australian car buyers.
“Ride-share services are a modern convenience, and this initiative shows strong leadership. 5-star safety is now the expected standard among Australian car buyers, and we should continue to expect that same high standard whenever we use a car,” he said.
“The introduction of this policy in Australia sees Uber join a wide range of major corporations, governments, local councils, and businesses which have adopted 5-star vehicle purchase and use policies in Australia in recent years.”
Uber safety rules differ around the world to comply with local requirements, meaning this ANCAP rating is only applicable to Australian drivers.