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Looking to become an Ola driver? Want to earn some extra cash in your free time? In this article we will give an intro to Ola and then outline what you will need to become an Ola driver!
Ola provides riders with a variety of car services, ranging from their ultra-affordable Ola Micro service to their luxury business class options, Ola Prime and Ola Lux. Ola cabs are requested and booked through the Ola smartphone application via the touch of a button. Once a customer books their Ola car, they will have the option to pay via cash, credit card, or with Ola money. Ola money is a cashless form of payment within the app, which allows a customer to buy Ola credit (via their credit or debit card) to use towards Ola rides. Ola cab prices are very reasonable but occasionally when Ola cabs are in high demand the company may enact peak time surcharge pricing. Peak time pricing could double or even triple your fare depending on the surge amount. Luckily, Ola will always warn you if peak time pricing is in effect before you decide to book one of their cars. One neat feature of Ola is that some of their services provide free WiFi during your ride! They also have an emergency alert button within the app if you find yourself in an unsafe environment.
The first step to becoming an Ola Driver is making sure that you fit the required criteria and have the correct documentation. Current Ola driver requirements are:
1. Valid Commercial Driver's License (Yellow Badge)
2. PAN Card
3. Aadhaar Card
4. Current and Permanent Address Proofs
5. Four References (With Addresses and Phone Numbers)
6. Bank Details (Passbook OR Cancelled Cheque)
On top of these personal details, you will also need to supply Vehicle RC, Vehicle Permit, and Vehicle Insurance.
Here is the link to sign up to drive for Ola in India.
If you are in Australia and would like to drive for Ola, you can find a list of requirements and the sign up form here.
Just like any rideshare, Ola requires certain vehicle requirements for each of its services. If you wish to drive for Ola, you have to make sure your vehicle fits the basic criteria. See below for a listing of the requirements that are currently disclosed for each Ola service.
The most basic Ola service, most people agree that this service mainly includes cars under
$9,000. Some common car types in this category are Wagonr, DatsunGo, Eon. Cars must have AC.
The next service up, Ola Mini cars tend to be between $9,000 and the cost of a traditional
sedan (approx. $12,000). Common car types are Tata Indica, and Micra. Cars must have AC
Ola’s more prestigious offering, Ola Prime cars are a step up from the previous two
categories. Qualifying cars are Nissan Sunny, Toyota Etios, and the Swift Tour. Ola usually requires the
cars to include WiFi as well as AC.
Ola’s larger vehicle option – the cars must be an SUV and often requires the car to have 8
seats. Qualifying cars are the Ertiga, Innova, and Enjoy. Ola requires the cars to include WiFi as well as AC.
The name speaks for itself – this is Ola’s fleet of luxurious cars. Only the likes of BMW,
Mercedes, and Audi qualify for this category. The cars must also have WiFi and AC for the passengers.
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