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I was driving my unroad worthy car for Uber

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I was receiving SMS from Uber that vehcile inspection is going to expire. After 2 weeks of messaging from Uber, I went for inspection in North Melbourne. I already knew I will fail the car inspection as car tyres needed replacement and car tail light was not working. Anyway, the guy who inspected the car told me that my car is not road worthy and I have to change the tyres and replace the tail light.

I was thinking that I will not be able to login to Uber partner account as my car didn't pass inspection but guess what; for 2 weeks I was able to login into my driver account and I kept on driving even though my car was not road worthy. Nothing from Uber.

Finally just before end of Financial year, I replaced the tyre and tail light so I can claim these expenses in tax returns. But it got me thinking that Uber is so desperate for drivers that it's allowing the car on road that don't even pass road worthy test.
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So post about it on a public forum known to be frequented by Uber spies if not run by them. Won't be surprised if your next communication from Uber is a deactivation warning. I'm sure had you been stopped by the police and cited for the tail light they would have sent you one.
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Needing your tyres replaced to pass Uber's inspection is different to having bald tyres... I didn't pass their inspection due to that and my tyres were ok, never ever spun the wheels. When I took the car to my mechanic to have them replaced he asked "why?". I told him because Uber said so, he advised that there was about another 10, 000 km of good grip...
But you operate for Uber now, they take priority over any silly state rules that might be in place, you have to follow their rules if you want to stay in the game.
Well the OP did say he knew they had been un-roadworthy before going in for the inspection. So I don't think in this case it was the same as your example.

10k left on a tyre means they are very close to the wear bar and neeing replacement. Normally you could ride it out, but I guess Uber has some higher standards knowing that drivers might be a bit slack between inspections.
That and a tires wet performance decreases dramatically at that point, drive in heavy rain and hydroplaning will be very bad.
Yep, reduced braking performance, handling etc the list goes on. Silly to do with someone elses life on board.
Agreed, had he been in an accident after it failed safety inspection insurance would likely have denied any claims and he would be on the hook for everything. Just a plain stupid move.
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