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DiDi driver review

Find out about this new rideshare service and what you need to become a DiDi driver.

DiDi New Zealand (pronounced ‘deedee’) is a mobile-based ridesharing service similar to Uber and Ola which launched in Auckland on 2 November 2020. Keep reading to find out more about this new rideshare service and what you need to apply to be a DiDi driver.

Who is DiDi?

The company was founded in China in 2012 and has since grown to over 600 million users worldwide in over 400 cities. The rideshare service also operates in Australia, Latin America, Japan and has recently launched in Russia.

The service is celebrated in the media, winning various awards, including making Fortune’s Change the World List in both 2016 and 2018 and being recognised as the “Best Hidden Gem for Mexico” in Google Play’s Best of 2018 list. As of mid-2017, with a $60 billion valuation DiDi was considered one of the world’s most valuable startups.

How do you become a DiDi driver?

The DiDi New Zealand website has the full list of driver, vehicle and document requirements you will need to become a DiDi driver. To get started, you need to register to drive and earn.

To register you must be:

  • 21 years old (or older)
  • In possession of a valid New Zealand driver’s licence for at least 2 years.
  • An insured driver with a vehicle that meets DiDi’s requirements including:
    • 4 doors
    • seats a minimum of 4 passengers
    • under 10 years old
    • be registered in New Zealand
    • have third party or comprehensive insurance

These documents are required to register:

  • Full driver’s licence
  • Transport service licence (TSL)
  • Proof of ID (passport or birth certificate)
  • Vehicle registration and CoF
  • Other documents, such as a clear photo

After you’ve registered, DiDi will review your application, this can take up to 3 business days. Once your application is approved your account is activated and you can select “GO ONLINE” in the app and begin receiving requests. Simply tap “Accept Request” when a notification appears, and you’re a DiDi Driver.

When you’re finished, set your home destination and the service will make sure to only plan rides taking you in that direction.

Don’t forget to tap “GO OFFLINE” when you don’t want any more requests!

How does the pay with DiDi compare to Uber and Ola?

Didi charges drivers a commission fee of 5% meaning that drivers can potentially take home up to 95% of fares. Didi spokesman Dan Jordan says that the new rideshare service offers “industry-leading and world-leading service fees” making Didi an attractive platform for drivers to join. In comparison, Uber charges its drivers a commission rate between 25% and 28% but charges higher ride fees than Didi.

Before its launch in the beginning of November 2020, Didi had signed up 80% of Auckland’s rideshare drivers most of whom already drive for Uber and Ola.

Find out more in our full DiDi vs Uber comparison for drivers.

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