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Keeping standards high and drivers earning with Uber: Driver Deactivation Policy

Uber’s ( goal is to provide reliable, affordable and safe transportation. This can only happen if there’s trust on all sides, where riders feel safe with their driver and where drivers feel safe transporting their passengers.

It was easy to work with the first handful of drivers when Uber first launched in South Africa in 2013 but as we have launched more cities and grown in popularity across Africa it is important that every driver using our app understands our processes and we communicate in a consistent and transparent manner.

Sometimes we have to restrict a driver’s access to the app but when that happens, even for a short period of time, it affects their earnings. So it’s extra important we make our policy clear.

We’ve heard from drivers in the many focus groups we’ve held across Africa in recent months that they would like to know more about why deactivation might happen and how they can try to get access again. So we are publishing our Driver Deactivation Policy to demystify the process and provide clarity to drivers.

The Driver Deactivation Policy is designed with the best interests of drivers and riders in mind. It covers, among other items, issues that relate to quality, fraud, safety and discrimination such as:

Quality The higher the quality of the service, the more riders want to take trips, which in turn means more opportunities for drivers to earn money. After every trip, riders and drivers rate each other with a star rating out of five - if that score is consistently low there is a problem. We also consider how regularly drivers cancel trips after accepting a booking as this leads to a poor experience for riders.

Fraud Fraud is bad for any business, so to keep riders coming back and to keep drivers driving, it’s important that services are fair and honest. That includes drivers understanding it is unacceptable to intentionally increase the time or distance of a trip.

Safety Uber is committed to the safety of both riders and drivers. This includes respecting each other's privacy - so not contacting each other except through the Uber app - and obeying the laws of the road.

Discrimination Uber will not tolerate discrimination of any sort, against riders or drivers. That includes race, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, sex, marital status, gender identity or age. On the side of the driver, this also includes respecting the transportation of people with disabilities, including service animals.

By maintaining high standards, riders will return time after time and drivers will keep as busy as they want. The Driver Deactivation Policy helps to ensure the best possible experience for everyone.

The Driver Deactivation Policy is available at this [LINK] (

Distributed by APO on behalf of Uber.

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About Uber: Uber’s ( mission is to help people get a ride at the push of a button - everywhere and for everyone. We started in 2009 to solve a simple problem - how do you get a ride at the touch of a button? Six years and over two billion trips later, we’ve started tackling an even greater challenge: reducing congestion and pollution in our cities by getting more people into fewer cars. The Uber network is now available in over 475 cities in over 75 countries spanning 6 continents. To request a ride, users must download the free application for Android, iPhone, Blackberry 7, or register for Uber at For questions visit