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We love our drivers

Joining the Ola family means being at the heart of everything we do.

Reasons to drive with Ola

We commit to the lowest commission rates in your area and we’ll always treat you with the fairness and consideration you deserve. We enable you to do a great job and earn more, as and when you want. Head over to our driver portal to sign up.


Lower
Commissions

Earn more of each fare with every ride


All Drivers
Welcome

Drive for Ola whether you’re a metered taxi or PHV


Daily
payments

Get your previous day’s earnings the next working day


Great
Bonuses

Boost your income with bonuses and incentives.


Real
Support

Local, on-the-ground support, plus a 24/7 helpline.

How to apply

Go to drive.olacabs.com, sign up with your existing Google account or simply follow the on-screen prompts if using your mobile. You’ll be asked to upload all the necessary documentation, so save time by having them handy when you get started. Find out what documents you need at drive.olacabs.com.

FAQs

Onboarding with Ola

Who can register as an Ola Driver? Anyone with a valid PHV or Metered Taxi (Hackney) licence and eligible car manufactured after 2008 can apply to drive with Ola.

We’re already looking for drivers in many areas now, and with other locations soon to launch, watch out for updates! See where we operate on our homepage.
Go to drive.olacabs.com and sign in using your Google account or mobile phone to start the registration process and upload all the required documentation.

Once verified, we’ll contact you with the tools required to start your Ola driver journey. Note that the sign-up process may vary by city and category (PHV or Metered Taxi).
Every driver who drives with Ola needs to complete essential training or will be temporarily off road until the training is completed.

Our local teams hold training sessions in every city we operate in to ensure drivers are fully equipped with all information and materials needed for a smooth experience. Any livery needed for your area can be collected from your local office.
iOS - 8.0 & above.

Android - 4.0 & above.
We’ll email you with a status update on your application, or you can check your status by logging into www.drive.olacabs.com. The verification process usually takes 48 hours from receipt of all correct documentation.
Registration is absolutely free! All you need is the required documents and an iOS or Android smartphone with an active data connection to join Ola.

Document Types and General Licensing Information

Please photograph your original documents and upload them with your online application.
The vehicle type you select must be the same as your vehicle licence. Specifically, Hackney Carriage Vehicle licence for Metered Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle licence for Private Hire Taxi.
DVLA stands for Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. This is the agency appointed by the government to register and license drivers in Great Britain.
A plastic DVLA driving license is a pink photo card displaying a full UK driving license required as part of your driver registration with Ola. Licenses in an older format are usually still accepted until they’re renewed and replaced.
Visit https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/taxis-and-private-hire/licensing/private-hire-driver-licence to apply for a Private Hire License. The documents you need and registration process are explained in detail on the site.
Visit gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence to apply for a driving license. The documents you need and registration process are explained in detail on the site.
Visit gov.uk/renew-driving-licence to renew an existing driving license. The documents you need and registration process are explained in detail on the site.
This is the license you need to drive a licensed private hire vehicle. It’s issued by your local city council as paper and a badge.
This is the official name for the registration form of a vehicle, also known as the ‘log book’ or ‘V5’. The V5C contains important information about your car, the same held DVLA’s database, including information about the current and previous owners of the vehicle. Go to: https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-log-book for more information.
Visit https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-log-book to apply for a vehicle logbook. The documents you need and the registration process is explained in detail on the site.
National Insurance numbers are used in the UK in the administration of the National Insurance or social security. It’s sometimes used in the UK tax system and is described by the UK government as a ‘personal account number’.
To apply for a National Insurance number, call Jobcentre Plus on 0800 141 2075.

Ola Policies

Once a rider has chosen their preferred car type – PHV (4 or 6 seater) or Metered Taxi – we allocate those rides to drivers based on an algorithm that removes any human bias, making it fair for everyone.
When the customer cancels, you get a cancellation fee if:

-You are en-route to the pickup location
-It happens more than 3 mins after you had accepted the ride
-You were heading towards the pickup location and were on track to arrive no more than 5 minutes later than the estimated time of arrival shown to you on your app at the time of acceptance.

Alternatively:

-The customer cancels after you have arrived at the pickup location
-You arrived no more than 5 minutes after the estimated arrival time shown on your app at the time of acceptance.

When you cancel, you get a cancellation fee if:

-You arrived at the pickup location no more than 5 minutes after the estimated time of arrival shown on your app when you accepted the booking
-You waited for at least 5 min after you had reached the pickup location after tapping the ‘Reached Pickup’ button (indicated by the countdown timer within the app)

You will not get a cancellation fee if:

-The cancellation takes place within the first 3 minutes after your acceptance
-You’re running more than 5 minutes late to the pickup location
-You reach the pickup location more than 5 minutes after the original ETA

N.B. Please note that Ola’s commission applies to the cancellation fee. Cancellation fee amount can vary by city and car type.
Driving for long periods of time without taking breaks increases the risk of accidents that can harm you, your passengers and other road users.
If you accumulate 10 hours of in-trip driving time within 24 hours from the start of a shift, we will put you on an Enforced Rest of 8 hours. During this time you will not be able to log on and take trips.
This time starts from the moment that you accept a trip until the time the trip finishes (either drop off or cancellation).
If you have been online continuously for 5 and a half hours we will give you an in-app notification advising you to take a break.

This is not compulsory, and we will not take you offline. Instead, this is meant to be a friendly and helpful reminder to take regular breaks from driving.

Payments, Offers and Incentives

We like to play fair and pay fair at Ola, so all your earnings at the end of a working day will be transferred to your nominated account the next business day.
Launch offers vary per city. Drivers are informed of any launch offers when onboarding starts in a new city.

You can register your interest as a driver before we launch in a city and be the first to hear when we do – just go to drive.olacabs.com.
Ola offers a referral bonus to drivers every time they successfully introduce a new driver to the platform.

A referral is considered successful when the referred driver signs up and completes a targeted number of valid rides within a given time. Conditions apply – check the driver app for details.
Ola operates a ‘pay as you go’ model, offering its services to drivers at a very competitive commission rate of 15%. Ola does not charge any fixed rental or fee.

Metered Taxis

Yes they can! We provide instant and easy access to riders through our mobile app to supplement your street-hailing demand and increase your income.

Ola helps reduce downtime and offers daily payments, 24/7 Call Support, and advanced in-app safety features.
Ola gives taxis access to a readily available customer base to help supplement existing income from street-hailing riders. Payments are made daily, our call support is available 24/7 and our advanced safety features offer peace of mind when you need it.

Getting Help

You can call our 24/7 Call Support on +44 2039 7208 00 or email us at care.uk@olacabs.com. You can also reach out to us via the in-app support.

NOTE: By emailing us, you consent to receiving calls and emails from us in relation to your queries, some of which may be promotional in nature.
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