Working with Bolt is a great way to get into the taxi driving game, or to earn a bit of extra cash on top of your usual driving work. Here’s a quick guide on how to get started and the things you’ll need, like taxi cab insurance.
From what type of licences and taxi cab insurance cover you need to how to get registered with the ride hailing app, this article contains lots of need-to-know information. Be sure to also read our other helpful guides including 18 actionable steps to become a UK taxi driver right now or our blog on whether Uber or Bolt is better for you.
Just like finding the right taxi cab insurance cover, there’s no better place to begin the next stage in your driving journey than here at Taxi Insurer.
Arriving in the UK in 2019, Estonian-based Bolt claims to charge its drivers the lowest commission fees in the UK (between 10% and 20%) and provide the best driver treatment.
It currently covers 18 cities across the UK including Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Newcastle, Nottingham, Peterborough, Sheffield, Southampton and Wolverhampton.
According to Bolt, the top 20% of highest earning Bolt drivers can earn up to £1,100 per week in London. While Bolt drivers in other cities could earn up to £800 or even £1,000 per week.
Getting started with Bolt in any of these cities is pretty straightforward. And if you’ve previously signed up with ride hailing apps like Uber and have all the necessary documents to hand, then it’s really very easy.
Before registering with Bolt, you’ll need to check whether your vehicle meets the following requirements:
You’ll also need the following vehicle documents:
You’ll also need the following driver documents:
Different cities may have slightly different requirements, so check this Bolt help page for details on the specific documents needed for your area.
Wherever you’re operating, you’ll need specialist taxi cab insurance. Call the Taxi Insurer team for a quote today.
When you’ve got all the appropriate documents, you can then begin the process of working with Bolt. It’s really very straightforward, just follow these three simple steps.
Go to the Bolt driver signup page and enter your contact details including email address and phone number (make sure they are correct to prevent delays in the processing of your application).
Choose your licensing authority from the drop-down list. If you have multiple cars and drivers, go to the Bolt fleet signup page instead.
Fill in your personal information and car details including vehicle make, year of manufacture, registration and colour. Be aware that passengers will only see your first name and car details during the booking.
Your National Insurance, UK driving licence numbers and birth date. If you don’t yet have a valid PHV licence then click the box and you can upload it later in the process.
You can take a photo of your documents with your phone or upload the documents in PDF format. Do not upload blurry, unreadable, cropped or expired documents as this will delay your application.
If you’re unsure about the picture quality then you can retake a picture as many times as you want.
You must enter a valid current account in your name. Click finish to complete your online registration. All your documents will be reviewed by the Bolt team, who may contact you to book an appointment at a Bolt driver hub.
As soon as your profile is activated, you’ll want to download the Bolt Driver app to your phone. The Bolt Driver app is available on phones running iOS and Android.
Once the app is downloaded, log into the Bolt Driver app with your username and password. You will have received your login details via email once your Bolt driver application is approved.
Using the app is very intuitive. Here’s how:
Fare payments are made via the Bolt app and you’ll get paid once a week. You’ll usually receive your payment plus any bonuses during the first half of the week.
Depending on your bank you should receive the money in your account within one to two working days.
The Taxi Insurer team has access to a panel of leading UK insurers, helping you find the right cover for your business.
You can pay for your car, minibus or MPV cover in instalments, helping you manage your insurance more easily alongside your other expenses.
Give the Taxi Insurer team a call today to arrange a quick quote for taxi cab insurance.