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Best Rideshare Apps for Drivers in 2022

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There is no doubt that the rideshare services marketplace is highly saturated. However, let’s turn back time. In 2009, rideshare apps were non-existent or immensely limited, leaving every PCO driver with only their wits to navigate this industry. But, with the passage of time and the advent of technology, the rideshare marketplace picked up the pace, especially when more and more TNCs(Transportation Network Companies) came into existence. 

Fast forward a decade, and various key players are ruling the app-based ride-sharing industry with an iron fist. So, if you’re a PCO driver looking for the best ride-sharing app, don’t worry, as we are here to help you navigate the confusing ride-sharing world. On that note, listed below are some of the best rideshare apps you should consider downloading on your smartphone today. 

Uber

No list of best rideshare apps will be complete without including industry giantsUber. It is one of the best ride-sharing companies worldwide, offering its drivers various vehicle choices and driver-centric services. These include premium vehicles (Uber Black), peer-to-peer rides (UberPool), and fuel economic vehicles (UberX). Furthermore, Uber also offers food delivery services known as UberEats. 

The demand for Uber riders is exceptionally high worldwide. What’s more, traditional taxi companies are going out of business, and Uber is adding more and more drivers and cars to their fleet with every passing day to fill the gap. So, whether you want to become a part-time or full-time PCO driver, you can rest assured that Uber has you covered. 

Uber Driver Requiements

  • A PCO license
  • An Uber-eligible car
  • An approved tablet or smartphone, with the minimum requirements
  • A valid UK driving license
  • Three years of driving experience
  • Age of no less than 21 years

Uber Car Requirements 

  • Ability to carry four passengers
  • No commercial branding
  • Excellent working condition with little no cosmetic damage
  • Four doors
  • Car model newer than 2008

Bolt

Originally Taxify, Bolt is the second-most popular rideshare company in the UK. It was one of the first rideshare companies to rival Uber in London. Not to mention, Bolt is constantly attracting new PCO drivers in the greater London region, growing its fleet with every passing day.

However, the best thing about Bolt is that it only charges a 10-20 per cent commission rate, making it better than Uber. This allows drivers to pocket more money from fares as compared to Uber’s 25 per cent commission rate. 

Bolt Driver Requirements

  • A photograph that matches Bolt’s requirements
  • A UK-based bank account number
  • PCO license
  • A valid DVLA driving license

Bolt Car Requirements

  • An MoT certificate issued within the last six months
  • Reward and Hire insurance certificate
  • A PHV(for plug-in hybrid cars)
  • Minimum of five seats
  • Four doors
  • No cosmetic damage
  • V5C car logbook

Free Now

With its headquarters placed strategically in the centre of Europe in Germany, Free Now is a subsidiary of Daimler and conducts its operations in more than a hundred European cities. The company came into existence after the merger between UK-based ride-hailing service, Hailo and “MyTaxi.”

The best thing about this app is that it allows you to book both London cabs and private PCOc ars. Regarding the area of operation, you can use Free Now Leicester, Derby, Reading, Oxford, Nottingham, Manchester, Edinburg, Brighton and London. 

A few features Free Now offers its drivers include:

  • Best in-market bonuses
  • A Driver Care Team that is available 24/7
  • Two payments per week
  • Ability to block and rate passengers
  • Driver-focused mobile app with excellent features

Free Now Driver Requirements

  • Most recent photograph
  • A UK-based bank account number and its sort code
  • A copy of your PCO license
  • Your DVLA driver’s license

Free Now Car Requirements

  • No commercial branding on the car
  • Should be in excellent working condition
  • Should be a five-seater
  • Should have four doors
  • Should be less than ten years old

Ola

Ola is another entry on our list of best rideshare apps for PCO drivers. The company launched two years ago in London. Ola allows both private PCO drivers and licensed black cabs to work for them. This means you can sign up for their service, regardless of what type of car you drive. 

Furthermore, Ola offers its drivers two different income plans. One is a fixed monthly income plan, where you receive a guaranteed minimum amount whether you achieve your weekly target or not. However, this is best suited for PCO drivers who want to work full-time. 

Like other rideshare apps, Ola offers its drivers a few benefits, including:

  • 0 percent commission for the first six weeks
  • Referral bonuses
  • £50 for every successful referral

Ola Driver Requirements

To become an OLA PCO driver in Uk, you have to fulfil a few requirements. These include:

  • A DVLA check code
  • ADVLA driver’s license
  • A PCO license
  • A valid UK bank account number and its Sort code
  • National insurance number

Ola Car Requirements

  • A car logbook or new keeper’s slip
  • A valid MoT certificate
  • Car insurance
  • A PHV license (for plug-in hybrid cars)
  • Five seats
  • Four doors
  • Under ten years old

That said, if you have any issues with your Ola application, you can always get in touch with their driver support service by emailing at drivercare@olaride.uk or by calling 0203 972 0800.

Green Tomato Cars

Green Tomato Cars is one of London’s most eco-friendly and best rideshare apps due to its focus on carbon neutrality. The app is easy-to-use and has various features such as route finders, instant messaging and 24/7 support. 

Furthermore, the app lets PCO drivers decide their working schedules and offers them various cash bonuses. Lastly, with Green Tomato Cars, you can also choose between full-time or part-time driving. 

Wrapping Up

This wraps up our list of best rideshare apps for PCO drivers. We hope you view them and research every option yourself before downloading them and signing up as a driver. That being said, if you want to earn extra cash, you can always sign up for multiple services and double the number of bookings you receive. However, we recommend taking things slow and trying out every app individually before deciding on the perfect one. For further information about ride-sharing and PCO cars, contact G&M Direct Hire today. We are experts in PCO cars and will guide you on what you need to become a successful PCO driver.