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Riders will soon be able to earn money riding their bikes when Uber moves into motorcycles in Australia with the launch of UberEATS in Melbourne, followed by other capital cities.

UberEATS is part of the Uber worldwide taxi service which operates in 58 countries and 300 cities, including the first motorcycle passenger service in Thailand.

But the Australian Uber motorcycle service launching in April 2016 won’t be a passenger service, says driver operations manager Raoul Lobo. Instead, Uber riders will deliver food.

“UberEATS now provides the opportunity for motorcycle riders to use their own vehicles to make money on the Uber platform when and where they want by delivering food from the restaurants to the customers,” he says.

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Clients will be able to order the UberEATS bike to pick up and deliver their food using the Uber app. Riders will also be able to use the flexible Uber app wherever they are to score a job.

There are no shifts and no requirements on how often or how long a partner should work for,” Raoul says.

Uber is offering a $500 incentive for those who sign up and complete 50 trips on the platform.

Raoul says they will “guarantee” earnings of $30 in gross fares an hour at the time of launch with up to 40 hours of work a week.

“I think this is a very exciting opportunity that does not currently exist for motorbike riders in Melbourne,” he says.

The service launches in mid-April and is expected to spread across other state capitals.

Rider requirements:

  • Probationary or full driver’s licences and international licences are acceptable;
  • Uber will conduct a criminal history check to ensure partners do not have any prior convictions.

So all you really need is a reliable motorcycle or scooter and UberEATS will provide insulated backpacks.

Australia will be the fourth nation to launch Uber’s food delivery service, but it it’s the second to use two wheels after Paris. The current 12 UberEATS cities are in the US, Toronto and Paris.

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A Parisienne UberEATS cyclist

UberCab was launched in San Francisco by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009, became international in 2012 and is now worth more than US$62.5 billion.

However, it now faces legal battles against governments and taxi companies over its legitimacy. It is claimed that the drivers are not licensed to drive taxis and are therefore unsafe. However, that may not affect a food delivery service such as this with no passengers involved.

Raoul says they are only dealing with the delivery of restaurant food for now, but also plan to expand the service to delivering other items in future.

Interested riders can sign up by clicking here.

  1. ***Caution****
    Based on the experience of 1000’s of Uber X Car drivers in all states of Oz (and Worldwide) who have been similarly baited by (initially) attractive incentives like $30/hour minimum “Guarantees” … aware….. these will evaporate and you will eventually realise your net (after expenses) income is significantly lower (some report less than $10/hour)

    By all means make hay while the sun shines but do not make it a “career move” until you have fully scoped all the costs and potential minimum income levels from month to month.

    Do your research – visit online Uber driver forums/you tube channels/Google uberX etc-

    Check your Rego/CTP terms/rates (I. E. business use) – confirm that your Insurer will cover you for accidents/thefts/Liability when using your bike for “income generating ” activities …. if you do not disclose the change in use there is a good chance you will NOT BE COVERED BY YOUR STANDARD BIKE INSURANCE for any accident/theft/injury to another person (eg cyclist/pedestrian)

    Do not rely on Uber to protevt your income/assets in event of an accident….they will not disclose any details of their “insurance” ….and do not believe any “spin” about “we got your back if anything happens” without getting it in writing… they won’t.

    Check with ATO/your accountant … it is not a cash job … and Uber users don’t generally tip… so all income is traceable and therefore potentially taxable based on your TOTAL income from ALL sources.

    You may or may not need an ABN and/or to register for GST – without GST registration you can’t claim GST on fuel/tyres/brakes/rego/repairs etc

    There is no employer/employee relationship – so?
    This means: NO Super, NO Holiday pay, NO workers comp, NO Sick leave, NO Penalty rates

    There is NO Goodwill … you own no part of a “business”

    You can’t “sell” anything later because you can’t even build a loyal clientele to ensure repeat business. ..

    Sorry to be a wet blanket but I felt some balance was required to offset the Uber marketing that is passed off as fact/news

    1. hi Andrew,

      Not a wet blanket at all. Good to know all the details.

      It’s not an ad for them, but a news report. That’s why I included the bit about legal battles.



  2. Is it possible this concept could be more worthless than the helmet halo …… ?

  3. Florida law doesn’t require insurance on motorcycles, does anyone know if you can sign up sans insurance? Car swapping for now but would like to make double money in the household. Depends on the area for tips and amount of orders, I make decent money with it.

  4. i cant add a motorbike to my uber app at all so this is a lie here

    they pull a farce like how they pretend one can uber eats deliver with a bicycle but they refuse to allow that option in the app either

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