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With more and more drivers in Brisbane the wait time between trips can be quite long during off-peak hours. Would it help if I was an UberAssist driver? The only thing stopping me is the fact that every time I check the rider app the UberAssist cars are often over 15mins away.
So by driving for UberAssist can I expect more requests from further away for the same rate per km? That sounds like a bad deal for the driver, especially if the passenger needs extra help. (I believe our govt subsidises special assistance taxis so that makes it profitable for the driver but not for Uber?)

Would like to hear from anyone who has done UberAssist before.
 

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Well I just came across this old thread from 2015 which answers my question.

https://uberpeople.net/threads/uber-assist.21844

Most UberX drivers are helpful anyway. I pick up people with minor disabilities every now and then. I even picked up an old lady in a wheelchair recently which was folded and put in the boot. What does this UberAssist thing do that a normal Uber cannot? Seems like a PR gimmick to me. I've decided that I'm not signing up.
 

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With more and more drivers in Brisbane the wait time between trips can be quite long during off-peak hours. Would it help if I was an UberAssist driver? The only thing stopping me is the fact that every time I check the rider app the UberAssist cars are often over 15mins away.
So by driving for UberAssist can I expect more requests from further away for the same rate per km? That sounds like a bad deal for the driver, especially if the passenger needs extra help. (I believe our govt subsidises special assistance taxis so that makes it profitable for the driver but not for Uber?)

Would like to hear from anyone who has done UberAssist before.
I've been an uberASSIST driver for 6+ months and had 0 trips. A lot of those 6+ months I was driving 30-40 hours a week.
 

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I signed up for it and got a few but I think they kicked me to the curb. I had a blind lady and when I dropped her at her house I just dropped her off normal. When she got out and tried to close the door she missed a couple of times before she found it. Then she felt her way to the house. I was thinking maybe I should help but it was a woman and I was not sure about taking her to her door. Felt awkward. Plus on that trip the waz app routed me around traffic so the route was longer than what it should have been. So for both things together I think I got a bad rating. One thing I never understood. She seemed to find her way to the car when I picked her up just fine. Did she get more blind on the drive home?

I also had people with broken legs and crutches trying to get picked up in busy areas. You fight for a spot to pickup and you just want them to get in fast but they have crutches, etc. You cant really get out and help, too much traffic. Crutches have screws sticking out, etc. so your worried about the interior and aggravated. Then theirs the old ladies that can't figure out how to get their seatbelts on. You basically need to get in the back and help them get their seatbelt on. Again aggravating and awkward. I just like to stay in my seat stfu and drive; let the PAX fend for themselves. After a couple of weeks I stopped getting the old, blind and broken so I guess there is a probationary period that I failed. Glad to be done with that!
 

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Well I just came across this old thread from 2015 which answers my question.

https://uberpeople.net/threads/uber-assist.21844

Most UberX drivers are helpful anyway. I pick up people with minor disabilities every now and then. I even picked up an old lady in a wheelchair recently which was folded and put in the boot. What does this UberAssist thing do that a normal Uber cannot? Seems like a PR gimmick to me. I've decided that I'm not signing up.
Most of the riders I pick up have disabilities
 

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if uber were a decent caring company they would reduce their commission 5% so the driver makes a bit more for the extra time ... but no, they don't give a shit about anything except the $$$
they don't care you have to drive further, wait longer, etc etc just give us our 25% and stfu
 

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How did she book the Uber if she was blind?
legally blind but not 100% blind. She made it to the car fine. During the ride she told me she was legally blind caused by something going wrong in her brain; can no longer drive so she uses Uber. At her house she had a really hard time so it seemed to me that she got more blind during the trip. If she had of had that much trouble finding the car I would have talked to her during the ride to find out if she wanted help from the car to the house.
 

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i wouldnt do uber assist... i had a old lady up the road from me who is completely muted and disable with a walking stick, i'm more shock she could active the program, took 10mins to find her, since she couldnt talk and address wasnt so specfic... got to the location she wanted to go to.. it was very hard spend 20mins finding the spot. Then she wanted me to stay, which was like another 30mins then took 5mins to drop her back at home... so after that exp im pretty sure i never do uber assist.. the pay was very bad lol but since im doing a service how can i say no right?
 

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i wouldnt do uber assist... i had a old lady up the road from me who is completely muted and disable with a walking stick, i'm more shock she could active the program, took 10mins to find her, since she couldnt talk and address wasnt so specfic... got to the location she wanted to go to.. it was very hard spend 20mins finding the spot. Then she wanted me to stay, which was like another 30mins then took 5mins to drop her back at home... so after that exp im pretty sure i never do uber assist.. the pay was very bad lol but since im doing a service how can i say no right?
Consider yourself very fortunate
I would be stoked if my riders were completely muted
 
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