Planning to be a rideshare driver in Australia? Here is what you need to know

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Rideshare is a mode of transport where customers book using a mobile app, similar to a taxi service where the driver has no fixed destination. Instead, they use a device or an app (generally provided by a rideshare service company / a third party), where the driver can earn money and also some amount of the profit is taken by those third parties to connect drivers and riders.

A number of rideshare services and apps exist today that have been built to support the needs of the community. They are available 24/7 and are very helpful when you want to reach somewhere in a short time.

One of the plus points of such services is that the drivers pick you up from your location, which means you don’t need to wait in the driver’s location.

But do you know what it requires to become a rideshare driver? Let’s find out in this article

DRIVER ACCREDITATION

Anyone planning to work as a rideshare driver or a commercial driver like a hire car, a taxi driver for an Australian taxi service and similar, having a full drivers license is not enough. A driver accreditation is required to drive a commercial passenger vehicle (CPV).

The CPV can be obtained from the state one is planning to drive in. For instance, the CPV Victoria provides a driver accreditation for anyone wanting to drive a rideshare in the state of Victoria.

Let us first understand the meaning of Driver Accreditation. It is a state-wise scheme which is implemented to ensure the safety of the passenger riding it. The main aim of this vetting scheme is to let the booking service providers and the passengers know that the driver is capable to work in the industry and that he covers the safety standards.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS

In order to get a driver accreditation, the requirements vary from country to country and state to state. There is a minimum period someone must hold their license for to be eligible. Several checks must be carried out to make a decision to attain Taxi/Ride-Share/Bus driver accreditation.

A national criminal history check is one of the criteria that needs to be done in order to keep your records clear of any police history convictions. Besides the national criminal history check, a medical history may also be required.

A criminal record check contains any court outcomes that are deemed disclosable that can be released by police agencies in Australia.

Some states like South Australia require the applicants to provide a Working with Children Check (WWCC) too. The Northern Territory, on the other hand, needs you to present an Insolvency Check to be obtained from the Australian Financial Security Austorization (AFSA).

IMPORTANCE OF CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECK

It is important to know who are the most vulnerable people in the community to ensure their safety. Disabled or aged people, as well as children are considered as the most vulnerable group in a community. Protecting them and ensuring their well-being is considered as the top most priority.

To ensure they are safe and sound, the commercial drivers or applicants must be free of any criminal history. Therefore, as a part of the legal requirement, the applicants should undertake an accredited Australian national criminal history check to be approved as an authorized driver. The check can be applied through any authorized or accredited agency on behalf of the applicant or the applicant can do it by themself. If you are a current driver authorization holder, you will be monitored regularly to make sure no changes occur in your present criminal history.

An applicant can be disqualified by the Transport and Main Road Departments based on any criminal charges which will be assessed during the suitability of work.

Normally, a police check which is older than 3 months will be considered invalid. Hence, it is important to get a most recent national police check.

WHEN CAN AN APPLICATION BE REJECTED?

There are some reasons where an application will be considered as disqualified. The reason are:

  • A proper national police history check should be issued meant to serve for driver licensing/ accreditation purposes.
  • If an applicant have committed a severe crime such as assault or murder which is indicated in the national police check.
  • If the WWCC demonstrates the applicant is restricted from working with children.

Riders or passengers of the rideshare will always want to ride a service that is secure but also want to see themself reach safely to their destination.

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