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Uber requirements for vehicles general information

On this post, we look at Uber requirements for vehicles in Kenya as of 2019. This is by far the largest and most convenient cab company in Kenya. It was launched in 2015 and currently offers its services in Nairobi and Mombasa; Kenya’s largest cities.  The uber app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or Appstore.

Uber offers three options, the Uber Chap Chap, Uber Select and Uber X.  Uber select is the most expensive while Uber Chap Chap is the cheapest. Fares for Uber Chap Chap start at Ksh 100 while Uber X starts at Ksh 150. After downloading the app, one can request a ride. Then a nearby driver will accept your request and the estimated cost for the ride will be displayed on your app.  The app also shows the estimated time of the ride.

Uber drivers are always fast in picking up and responding to requests, thus making it the most reliable taxing hailing company in Kenya. Uber allows individuals to drive their cars and earn commissions as partners. This way, you can make extra cash from driving on your schedule.  However, there are requirements that your vehicle must meet to be accepted.

Uber Kenya Vehicle Requirements

  • Model year must be 2006 or newer
  • 4-door car
  • Selected 2-door cars


  • The motor vehicle registration book
  • PSV Insurance
  • Vehicle inspection report
  • Business Permit
  • National ID

Uber Vehicle options in Kenya

a) Uber X

This is the most popular vehicle option for most riders in Kenya.  Most newer cars usually qualify to drive with uberX.

Vehicle Requirements for Uber X

  • 4-door sedan in good condition
  • Seat at least 4 passengers in addition to the driver
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • No full-sized vans or trucks vehicles
  • No salvaged or rebuilt vehicles
  • Selected cars models year 2006 or newer qualify to drive with uberX

List Of Popular Uber X models 

Mazda – Demio (1300cc and below)

Toyota – Viti (1300cc and below), Prius (1300cc and below), Belta (1300cc and below), Passo (1300cc and below), Yaris (1300cc and below)

Mitsubishi – Colt (1300cc and below)

Nissan – March (1300cc and below), Note (1300cc and below), Leaf (1300cc and below)

Suzuki – Swift (1300cc and below)

Honda – FIT (1300cc and below), Insight (1300cc and below), Civic (1300cc and below), Jazz (1300cc and below)

Daihatsu – MIRA (1300cc and below)

Kia – Niro (1300cc and below)


It was introduced in 2018 as a quick and affordable option for Nairobi residents. Most newer cars qualify to drive with uberCHAPCHAP.

Additional Requirements

  • Suzuki Alto 800 in good condition
  • Car model year 2017 or newer qualify to drive with uberCHAPCHAP

One good thing about driving with uber is the fact that one can drive at their convenient times and also the driver can make extra cash by applying to be a courier for Uber Eats; delivering the Uber Eats food orders.

Uber Kenya Contacts Phone: 0800-724-786

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