Uber Car Requirements In London: UberX, UberXL, UberEXEC, UberLUX, UberACCESS


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Uber drivers in London must comply with specific standards that are unique to this UK city. Anyone that intends to work for Uber in London will need to comply with the following mandatory car requirements.

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Minimum requirements

  1. The Vehicle must be newer than 2008
  2. The vehicle must be a 4-door car with a minimum of 5 seats
  3. The vehicle must be in good condition with no cosmetic damage
  4. The vehicle must have no commercial branding

Policies and conditions

The Transport for London (TfL) commission is London's legislating commission that sets all transport related regulations. The TfL has an age, and condition policy for Uber cars and these are:

  • All vehicles acceptable for first licensing in London must be 5 years old or less from date of first registration and must have either a Euro 6 petrol, a diesel engine, or a Euro 4 petrol-hybrid engine.


(Source: QZ.com)

The Uber imported vehicle policy

  • Uber accepts imported versions of any vehicle on the London Vehicle List which is provided below. All vehicle documentation must match the documentation requirements set by Uber, and these are:

Estate Car Policy

  • UberX accepts estate versions of every vehicle on their approved car list. They do not allow any estate vehicles on UberEXEC or UberLUX.

Uber considers automatic transmission a better system than manual, it provides for a smoother ride and is easier on the driver in traffic.

The Uber Car Categories List

Note: There is a category called unacceptable cars, it is at the bottom of the category section, and gives a comprehensive list of cars unacceptable to Uber. If you cannot find your car in any of the following categories, it is most probably listed on the unacceptable car list.

UberX

This is the most popular category, and the vehicles here must meet the basic vehicle requirements as mentioned above.

UberXL

This category is to seat extra passengers as well as get higher fares; these must set at least 6 passengers apart from the driver. It is a perfect vehicle for UberPool rides as well as for transporting tourist groups.

UberEXEC

These cars are for seekers of more comfort and must have a higher quality of comfort, style, and gadgetry. These vehicles must be no older than 2014 and hold at least 4 passengers apart from the driver.

UberLUX

Considered the utmost luxury and travel in style, these vehicles are for the discerning traveler, and the driver must provide chauffeur level competency. These vehicles must be no older than 2015 and have 4 passenger seats apart from the driver.

UberACCESS

This is a disabled passenger service that provides vehicles and drivers that can cater to wheelchairs and passengers with limited mobility issues.

Unacceptable Vehicles

The list is quite long and comprehensive; it is mainly filled with 2 seaters and very small or compact 4 seaters, which are cars that are not considered appropriate for "Uber" service driving.

Brand UberX UberXL UberEXEC UberLUX UberACCESS X Unacceptable X
Audi A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q3, Q5, Q7 Q7 A8 (Short Wheelbase), A6 (C7 Shape & 5 Seaters Only) A1, A2, A3, RS 3
Bentley Flying Spur
BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, 2-Series Gran Tourer, 3-Series, 4-Series, 5-Series, 6-Series, 7-Series, X1, X3, X5, X6 5 Series (New Shape), SPORT (5 Seaters Only), 7 SERIES (Short Wheel Base) 7 Series (Long Wheelbase) 1-Series
BYD E6
Chevrolet Captiva, Cruze, Epica, Lacetti SX, Orlando Orlando Lacetti
Chrysler 300, Grand Voyager, Sebring, Voyager Grand Voyager
Citroen Berlingo, C-Crosser, C4, C5, C8, Dispatch Combi, DS5, Grand Picasso C8, Dispatch Combi, Grand Picasso Berlingo Wav C1, C2, C3, C3 Picasso, DS3, Xsara
Dacia Duster, Logan Sandero
Daewoo Matiz
Daihatsu Gran Max Gran Max
Fiat 500L, Doblo, Scudo, Ulysse Scudo Grande Punto, Punto
Ford C-Max, Focus, Galaxy, Grand, C-Max, Kuga, Mondeo, S-Max, Tourneo, Transit Connect, Transit Custom, Transit Van Galaxy, Grand, C-Max, Tourneo, Tourneo Custom, Transit Connect, Transit Custom Connect Wav B-Max, Fiesta, Fusion
Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V, Insight Civic, Hatchback, FR-V, FRV, Jazz
Hyundai Elantra, I30, I35, I40, I800, Ioniq, IX35, Santa Fe, Sonata. Trajet, Tucson I800, Santa Fe Accent, Getz, I10, I20, I30, IX20
Infiniti Q50, Q70
Jaguar X-Type, XE, XF, XJ XF Series, X Type, XJ Series (Short Wheel Base) XJ Series (Long Wheelbase)
Kia Carens, Cee’d Sportswagon, Cerato, Magentis, Niro, Optima, Sedona, Sorento, Sportage Carens, Sedona, Sorento Cee’d, Picanto, Rio, Soul, Venga
Land Rover Discovery, Freelander, Range Rover, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Vogue Discovery
Lexus CT, GS, IS200, IS220, IS250, IS300, LS, RX
Mazda CX-5, Mazda3, Mazda5, Mazda6
Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Citan, E-Class, GL-Class, GLC-Class, ML Class, R-Class, S-Class, V-Class, Viano, Vito Citan, Gl-Class, R-Class, V-Class, Viano, Vito S Class (Short Wheelbase), E Class S Class (Long Wheelbase)* A-Class, B-Class, CLA-Class, CLS-Class, SL-Class, Vaneo
MG MG 6
Mini Clubman
Mitsubishi Carisma, Grandis, Lancer, Outlander Grandis
Nissan Elgrand, Lafesta, Leaf, E-NV200, NV200, Pathfinder, Primastar, Pulsar, Qashqai, Qashqai+2, Serena, X-Trail Nv200, Qashqai+2, Serena, X-Trail Juke, Note, Primera
Peugeot 3008, 308, 308 SW, 4007, 407, 5008, 508, 508 SW, 607, 807, Bipper, E7, Eurobus, Expert, Expert Tepee, Horizon, Partner, Traveller 5008, 807, Eurobus, Expert, Traveller Partner Wav, Horizon Wav, Expert Wav 1007, 107, 108, 2008, 206, 207, 208, 306, 307
Porsche Cayenne, Macan Panamera
Proton Gen-2, Persona
Renault Espace, Fluence, Grand Scenic, Laguna, Megane, Megane Estate, Trafic Espace, Grand Scenic, Trafic Captur, Clio, Zoe
Rolls Royce Any Model
Rover 75
Saab 9-3, 9-5
Seat Alhambra, Altea XL, Exeo, Leon, ST Toledo, X-Perience Alhambra Altea, Ibiza, Leon
Skoda Kodiaq, Octavia, Rapid, Rapid Spaceback, Superb Kodiaq Fabia, Roomster, Yeti
Ssangyong Rodius, Turismo Rodius, Turismo Tivoli
Subaru Legacy
Suzuki Grand Vitara, Swift, Sx4
Tesla Model S Tesla Model S
Toyota Auris, Auris Touring Sports, Avensis, Camry, Estima, Previa, Prius, Prius+, Proace, Rav4, Verso Estima, Previa, Proace Alphard, Aygo, Corolla, Isis, Vellfire, Yaris
Vauxhall Antara, Astra, Insignia, Signum, Vectra, Vivaro, Zafira Vivaro, Zafira Ampera, Corsa, Meriva, Mokka
Volkswagen Bora, Caddy, Caravelle, CC Golf, Estate Golf, Sportwagen, Jetta, Passat, Phaeton, Sharan, Suran, Tiguan, Touareg, Touran, Transporter Caddy, Caravelle, Sharan, Suran, Touran, Transporter Volkswagen Caddy Wav Golf, Polo, Up
Volvo S40, S60, S80, S90, V40, V50, V60, V70, V90, XC60, XC90 XC90 C30, C70

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