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Uber coming to Jamaica: Here’s how to become a driver

Ride-sharing giant Uber announced recently that the app will soon be available in the Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine areas of Jamaica, bringing with it an opportunity for lessor partners to earn extra at their convenience.

Uber connects a person who wants to move from their point of origin to a destination, with a person who is willing to lease their vehicle and drive. The app is currently available in over 10,000 cities in 69 countries across six continents.

Globally, Uber has completed more than 15 billion trips, covering 6.9 billion miles in 2019 alone. Each day people make 12 million trips using the Uber app.

On Wednesday, the company issued a release highlighting how Jamaicans can become a lessor partner.

According to Uber, Jamaicans can sign up on the app to lease their cars and earn money by giving leases in their area. Individuals that meet the criteria will be able to sign up as a Lessor Partner in order to soon begin offering their vehicle to move users across areas in Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine.

Interested persons must be over the age of 21; own a vehicle model year 2010 or newer; present key documents such as valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and vehicle insurance.

To register as a lessor partner, the company said one should:

– Download the Uber app for Lessor Partner.

– Follow the instructions to upload the documents and open an account.

– Lessor partners may accept cash and/or credit and debit card payments.

Uber said, as part of its commitment to safety for all, the app has various key safety features that will be available in Jamaica from day one beginning with the very first trip.

“The app in the country will also have strengthened background checks and reinforced policies that put safety first. Aware that the global pandemic is not yet over, Uber has ensured that the app experience for both users and lessor partners meets strict health safety protocols,” the company said.

According to Uber, the app features innovations such as:

– Mask verification technology, which uses in-app selfies to confirm mask use

– Lessor partner checklist, to ensure compliance with health safety measures

– Lease verification, using PIN code confirmation

– RideCheck, a mechanism that detects and reports abnormal or unexpected stops during the lease

– Lessor partner assistance, available through the app 24/7

Also, the company said all leases are covered by Guardian Insurance, one of Jamaica’s leading insurance companies.