The ongoing partnership between Uber and vehicle subscription provider Fair has an interesting new element.
Uber drivers in select markets throughout the U.S. will now be able to use a pre-owned vehicle for ride-sharing through Fair for free for the first week.
The program debuted in January in California and now being scaled elsewhere in the U.S., Fair said in a news release on Wednesday. And there is no credit requirement.
“Drivers come from all walks of life, and we're focused on finding more opportunities for them to earn with Uber and pursue their long-term goals — even if they don't have access to a car,” Uber head of driver product Daniel Danker said in a news release.
“That's why we created a platform helping drivers hit the road more quickly, and why we're excited to partner with Fair to expand dependable vehicle access.”
Drivers utilizing the program will be given credits in their account that can be used for the first weekly payment and tax. The all-in weekly fee includes unlimited mileage, insurance, limited warranty, roadside assistance and fully reimbursed routine maintenance (excluding tax), Fair said.
Drivers make a refundable $185 security deposit to begin.
“Anyone should be able to drive for Uber, and we’re enabling that by removing the many traditional hurdles to accessing a vehicle,” Fair chief executive officer and founder Scott Painter said in a news release.
“Not only does this program offer flexibility and simplicity through its all-in-one payment, but it reimburses the entire cost to drivers who meet its ride goals, essentially allowing them to access a car for free,” Painter said. “It’s an unprecedented way to expand access to earning opportunities to thousands of new Uber drivers and ensure the growth of ridesharing going forward.”
Drivers in California who continue driving their Fair car after a week will have the subscription auto-renew for another week. The driver is charged the $185 upfront payment, tax.
Additionally, this perk is being offered for a limited time: Uber is paying $185 in incentive payments to drivers completing 70 Uber trips a week; drivers can choose to use that toward the Fair weekly payment. The news release notes that trip amounts may vary in other markets.
Drivers completing 120 trips are paid $305 per week.
“The Fair contract will auto-renew every week for up to 28 days; drivers wishing to continue after that would digitally re-sign their contract in the Fair app. Note: cost of gas is not included in this offer,” Fair noted in a news release.