Dear Editors,

I am not trying to dissuade anyone from driving Uber, but to share some insights for your consideration if you are thinking of driving for Uber full-time. I will keep this as short as I can. I have personally test-driven for Uber for 3 days (12 hrs/day) a couple of months ago and it is enough time for me to understand how the system works.

First, do not be seduced by the $5,000 fare advertisement. Uber takes 20% of the fares as commission so assuming you manage to make $5,000 in fares driving every day, you really only make $4,000.

Your car rental is ~ $1500/mth.

Your fuel cost is ~ $900/mth ($30 per day over 30 days).

Your season parking for commercial vehicle = $185

$4,000 – $1,500 – $900 – $185 = $1,415

So, you can see you are really not left with a lot at the end of the month.

And woes on you if you are hit with any traffic violation. Some are unavoidable like customers insisting on being picked up at camera controlled zone or bus-lanes during bus lane operating hours. Good luck.

Having said that, I do know of extremely hardworking Uber drivers making 6,000 to 7,000 every month but they do not have a life. Just my 2 cents.

Ex-Uber Driver
A.S.S. Contributor

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