Onsite medical services provider to Uber

31 July 2017 | News

Herald Sun transport reporter Andrew Jefferson put himself through our medical test for new Uber drivers at their multi-million dollar facility at Port Melbourne, Victoria.

Here is an extract from his article posted 28 July 2017.

WITH Victoria on the cusp of legalising ride-sharing service Uber, they say signing up to be a driver has never been easier.

But I won’t be picking up passengers any time soon, as neither my car nor I passed Uber’s tests, including a physical examination.

The first step for new recruits is to complete the driver application process and create an Uber account before consenting to background screening, which can take up to 10 days.

Drivers now get the chance to upload some personal details about themselves on the new app, which is designed to create some suggested talking points for passengers. New drivers also undergo an on-site medical.

After filling in a quick questionnaire, drivers are assessed by a nurse and a doctor to ensure they are fit to drive.

My initial high blood pressure reading subsided on my second test, meaning I was physically fit to drive.

However, my declaration of colour blindness caused slight concern, despite me telling the doctor I could tell the difference between a red and green traffic light.

The doctor, from medical firm Jobfit, wanted me to undergo further testing on my sight before he was comfortable signing me off as Uber’s newest driver.

To read the full article and watch the video, click on the link Want to become an Uber driver? It’s not as easy as you think.

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