How To Be Uber Partner In Kota Kinabalu

What is Uber

is a car pooling app that can be based on Android and IOS platform.  With Uber a rider can ride a car with driver. All bookings and transactions are made online and payments are cashless. According to Uber, they are actually a private car pooling system instead of being a public transportation system.  Uber in cashless (As of April 2016 , Uber has launch a cash payment system). All toll price will also be auto paid by Uber if you are driving passengers that are cashless. It is recommended to driver to have at least a TouchNGo or SmartTag to provide great riding experience for riders.


There are a few types of services offered by Uber. The most common ones are UberX , UberXL and Uber Black. Travelling cost with rise across the categories.

UberX would be the most budget way to get from a destination without hurting someone’s pocket. Typically these cars are 4 seater such as Proton Saga, Toyota Vios or MyVi.

UberXL typically consist or 5 doors or 7 seater. Typically MPV cars such as Toyota Innova, Nissan Grand Livina and Proton Exora will be under this category

UberBlack is the premium Uber service. These could be high end 4 seaters and high end MPV. Cars such as Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, CR-V, Toyota Velfire qualify to be in this range.

Benefits of becoming a Uber driver
Let’s face it. It is very easy to become a Uber driver as compared with Taxi driver. The cost would only be your own car and petrol mileage. To become taxi driver you will have to pay a compulsory RM50 daily taxi permit to some god knows crony who do not brings any value to the transportation system. There are also compulsory training and other requirements to become a Taxi driver.

You can drive full time or part time. Working hour is flexible however the peak hours are stated on the earning tables below.

How much could you earn ?
Here are the published rates for UberX driver in Malaysia.

Yes , there are statements going around that people can earn more than RM 10,000 per month driving Uber. It is possible if you drive like there is no tomorrow. You will have to take note that these earning figures are revenue and not net profit. You will have to also factor in other costs such as petrol, vehicle maintenance and depreciation.

Uber Availability
Uber is available in large cities such as Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur. The peak demand of Uber is at areas with high expats such as Mont Kiara and Bansar.  The coverage of Uber in KL ranges from Sungai Buloh until the end of KLIA.

Uber has also launched its services at major urban cities such as Johor Bahru, Penang and Ipoh. As of 19 May 2016, Uber has launched it’s service at Kota Kinabalu too. You can sign in as drivers if you are based on these cities.

How to make good money with Uber
You probably can’t make much from the driving fees alone which may also be subjective. The key of earning high income from Uber is to hit the incentives provided by being a good driver. Driving at non core areas say Shah Alam or Klang will not make you much profit.  Basically, one rule of thumb is to stay in area where there are super huge demand for drivers. Fortunately, Uber is giving out the information on SMS all the time. The highest fees are KL and JB. Here are also some good areas that a driver should concentrate.

How to be a good Uber Driver
Uber has a two way rating systems which means that you can rate your rider and your rider can also rates you.  Ranting are sorted from 1 star to 5 stars. Having bad rating may cause you to be suspended from being a driver. Uber rating is permanent while it is average out for a driver’s lifespan. Therefore it is very important for rider to maintain good ratings while being an Uber driver.

To maintain good ratings,  always keep your car from any smell which include those funny fragrance.  One best way to be a good Uber rider is to be polite, be yourself, have fun while driving and treat the riders like you would like to be treated.  It is also good not to chat about politics or controversial topics with your riders as this may caused in conflicts. Try to avoid these topics and change the conversation into something else. Mount your smartphone for safe driving instead of holding them.

Avoid drinking recklessly and dangerously and rider may give you bad ratings or report you. The best way is to drive smoothly so the rider can have the ultimate passenger experience while reaching the destination safely.

Smooth Ride Monitoring
Uber collects data from partner app which can tell whether you are driving harshly or accelerate rapidly.  It is best to avoid these erratic driving behavior while you are online with Uber partner app

Uber Requirements and car requirements

  • 21 years old with with driving license
  • Own a car that is less than 8 years old
  • Car insurance policy under the same name as applicants. If you are driving your family’s car do make sure that your name is also under the insurance policy

Uber will also do a screening on whoever that has signup as a Driver.  Driver must not have any previous criminal records, bad driving records and outstanding summons

How to Sign up
Uber Malaysia is still accepting drivers. They have launched their service in many large cities such as Penang , Johor, Ipoh and kota kinabalu. To sign up you will first have to register online here


Documents needed for Sign up

  • Identity card
  • Driving license
  • Insurance cover note with driver’s name on it

After the online registration , you will need to visit Uber’s (Partner Support Center) PSC to activate your account. Take note that there are no online activation. Please bring documents such as IC card, Driving License and Hardcopy of Car insurance Cover note for approval. There will also be a short training provided by Uber team Malaysia. In less than 2 hours time, you will probably complete the Uber briefing and be ready to drive !

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