I work a couple of weeks / month thanks to a wonderful arrangement with my employer where they doubled my pay and halved my work.
So I have some free time. But it isn't always the same weeks of each month. Any other employment I might seek (self, or otherwise) would have to be very flexible.
So I thought it might be fun to be an Uber driver. I know a couple of other people with Nissan LEAFs who do it and they seem to make a reasonable amount of money. Particularly as they don't buy any petrol at all and the LEAFs are proving to be incredibly, almost unbelievably, reliable. Tires occasionally. Keep with windscreen wiper reservoir full.
But to do it legally you have to have a P endorsement on your drivers license. It seems most Uber drivers don't.
Well....I wanted to be legal.
1. Two unit standards (17579v7 and 24089v2) from an approved training organisation. That took 2 full days and $445, plus $50 to register the NZQA credits = $495.
2. A DL9 Medical Check form completed by your doctor: $65.
3. Apply for a 5 year P Endorsement with a DL20 application form, which seems to include a full Class 1 drivers test: $430.50
5. Though I'm an NZ citizen and have lived here for 34 years, because I grew up in Canada and lived there for more than 12 months after the age of 14 I need a Canadian police check: Fingerprints $50 (NZ Post in Manukau) plus US$250 for the approved 3rd-party ("XL-ID") conversion of the paper fingerprint form into a digital form acceptable to the RCMP in Canada - plus courier charges; $100-ish. I have it fairly easy. Canada is a stable country with a non-corrupt police force who can process these matters reliably. What about someone from a place like Syria or Pakistan? It could take months and cost a mountain of money...if it can be done at all.
So basically, to get the P endorsement on my drivers license it will have cost me about NZ$1450....and I have to do a full drivers test at some point in the next 8 weeks. Yes, I will be claiming all this back against my income.
No wonder most of the Uber drivers just get in their cars and go for it. Uber does a police check (in NZ only).....and only requires a valid full drivers license for more than 2 years.
Anyway....all going well I'll have a P endorsement and an ID card by the beginning of March.....and be a legal provider of small passenger vehicle service. When I feel like it.