THE BIGGEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR IS COMING!
New years is the busiest night of the entire year. Check out the post below for tips on how to maximize your earnings!
How Much Can I Earn?
Halloween was our biggest night to date. Across Ontario, we completed nearly 2x as many trips as a normal Saturday on this occasion, and average partner hourly earnings increased by almost 40% from 8pm - 4am compared to a typical busy Saturday night. We expect partners could earn upwards of $35/hr on New Year's Eve in the Niagara Region this year!
Click on the button below to let us know that you'll be driving on New Years Eve!
SURGE PRICING ACTIVATED!
Surge pricing is now active in the Niagara Region. As demand increases, Uber's prices increase to encourage more partners to hit the road. Please click below to learn how surge pricing works
WHEN SHOULD I DRIVE?
Expect demand to continue for the next few days as riders finish holiday preparations and squeeze in a few more holiday parties! Demand may decrease for a day or two around Christmas, but we expect it to pick back up on the weekend and build into a HUGE night on New Year's Eve!
When to Drive on New Year's Eve:
- Demand will really start to build up from 7:00pm on
- Things will slow down from 11:00pm to 12:30am as people ring in the New Year
- The busiest hours of the night will be from 1:00 - 4:00am, so be sure to stay on late to maximize your earnings!
PRO-TIPS FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE
New Year's Eve will be the busiest night of the year! Make sure that you're prepared to make it your best by checking out these tips for how to make this the most enjoyable experience for you and your riders!
- Roadside drunk driving checks - Uber partners are safe to go through any drunk driving spot-check. Remind your riders to wear their seatbelts!
- Picking Up - Only stop in safe designated areas and contact your rider through the app, to share your location and car colour! When your rider arrives, be sure to confirm their identity by asking for their name.
- Traffic - Ask your rider for their preferred directions and take secondary roads (the GPS sometimes recommends main roads that are much busier).
- Rider Cancels - We track rider cancellation behaviour and know that this can be frustrating. Call or text your rider and remember you get $5 for any rider cancel after 5 minutes.
For more tips and tricks related to driving on New Year's Eve, check out this page!
Where to Drive in the Niagara Region
We're seeing the highest levels of demand coming from St. Catherines and Niagara Falls, click on the city names for lists of events that may drive demand from Uber riders! On weekends, Uber partners have been earning over $30/hour driving in these areas on Friday and Saturday nights by finding the busiest areas!
The heat map below shows where all rider requests came from this weekend, with most requests coming from the areas highlighted in bright red.
Weather in Niagara
Watch out for rain and cold evening temperatures, which are both likely to drive up demand this week.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
REGULATIONS & BYLAWS
QUESTION: IS UBER LEGAL?
Yes. In June 2015, the Ontario Superior court ruled that Uber is operating legally and always has been.
QUESTION: WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE CITY OF TORONTO?
On September 30th, Toronto City Council voted to update Toronto bylaws that will include ridesharing! This is a great step forward! This means that Uber is here to stay and you can continue to earn and provide safe and reliable rides on the platform!
QUESTION: WHY ARE DRIVERS RECEIVING TICKETS?
Until new city bylaws are written, there have been a few very rare cases where a driver gets a ticket for non-criminal bylaw infractions (similar to a parking ticket, with no demerit points or record). If Uber partners receive a bylaw ticket for driving on the Uber platform we help them resolve it. Partners have Uber's full support.
QUESTION: DO I NEED TO PAY TAX?
As an independent contractor in Ontario, you are responsible for registering and remitting any applicable tax on the services you offer. Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) rules require any independent contractor who earns more than $30,000 in a calendar quarter and over the last four consecutive calendar quarters to collect and remit HST. If you fall below this threshold, as most part-time uberX partners do, you qualify as a “small supplier” and do not have to collect HST. More info here.
During tax season, we will send you an earnings summary for your records. Last year we also partnered with H&R Block to provide partners a discount on tax advice. Also, you should know, Uber fulfills all it’s own tax obligations as a company.
QUESTION: CAN YOU CLARIFY THE INSURANCE COVERAGE?
As you already know, every uberX ride is covered by insurance. Your personal insurance is primary coverage when driving uberX. Every ride is also backed by $5,000,000 of Uber’s contingent coverage for bodily injury and property damage to third parties. Across over a million uberX rides a month, insurance on uberX is in place and keeping all parties safe and protected.
QUESTION: WHAT’S THE RECENT INSURANCE ANNOUNCEMENT UBER MADE?
Uber has recently partnered with Intact Financial (Canada's largest auto insurer) to develop insurance products designed specifically for ridesharing in Canada that we hope will come to market soon.
QUESTION: WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET INTO AN ACCIDENT?
After an accident, contact us by email as soon as you’re able to. Our accident team will help you submit claims, complete an incident report, and get back on the road. Our team will continue working with you through the claim being settled and closed.