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Facedrive Toronto: Guide to Facedrive Driver Requirements

24 Oct by Commercial Driver HQ

Facedrive Toronto: Guide to Facedrive Driver Requirements

Move over Uber! Toronto is about to welcome its second ever rideshare platform to the city. Since their introduction to the Toronto transportation scene in 2014, Uber has held the number one spot when it comes to “taxi” rides. Now, they face new competition from a company with a different perspective on rideshare that could revolutionize the industry.

Introducing Facedrive! Facedrive launched their service in Toronto on October 19, 2017. They promote sustainability by offering rides from electric, hybrid or gas powered cars, which allows riders to choose the size of the carbon footprint produced by their public transportation needs. The company also takes a percentage of the fares from Hybrid and Gas powered trips and uses the funds to help plant trees to offset CO2 produced during the ride. They are also focused on offering drivers the highest rates per mile as well as the opportunity to benefit from cooperative profit sharing. 

A Cleaner and More Profitable Rideshare Platform

One of the biggest differences with Facedrive compared to Uber is that they offer cooperative profit sharing program. Drivers who have been active on the platform for 12 months in a row and have positive ratings are eligible to receive shares in the company! It is also mandatory to make at least 80 trips per month during the initial 12 months to participate in the program.

Facedrive has set aside 25% of its company ownership for driver shares and you will also receive dividends which could be quite lucrative if this company gives Uber a run for its money!

Along with a lower carbon footprint and profit sharing, Facedrive partners will also earn 85% – 92% of the trip fare plus tips. Driving with Uber you will only take home 75% of your trip. This is big difference in pay especially when you factor in your ownership in the company, though it is too early to tell how lucrative that investment will be. The platform also features a minimum fare of $5.00 and guaranteed cancellation fee of $5.00.

Facedrive Flexibility

You can still drive with Uber too if you want, as they company has stated directly there is no requirement for you to drive exclusively for them. This means the service still offers the same flexibility of turning on and off the app whenever you want to work.

Facedrive vs. Uber

Facedrive Sedan is the equivalent to UberX and Facedrive SUV is the equivalent to UberXL. Here is a chart comparing the rates that Facedrive is offering for drivers compared to Uber:

All prices in Canadian Dollars

Facedrive Sedan 

Per Minute
$0.18

Per Km
$0.81

Cancellation Fee
$5.00

Service Fees
$2.75

UberX

Per Minute
$0.18

Per Km
$0.81

Cancellation Fee
$5.00

Service Fees
$2.75

Facedrive SUV

Per Minute
$0.35

Per Km
$1.50

Cancellation Fee
$5.00

Service Fees
$2.75

UberXL

Per Minute
$0.35

Per Km
$1.55

Cancellation Fee
$5.00

Service Fees
$3.00

Does Facedrive Offer Surge Pricing?

A Downside for drivers is that Facedrive does not offer surge pricing during busy times. This is great news for passengers but not so great for drivers as they will miss those big boosts coming from peak hours when there is high demand for rides and few drivers on the road. With profit sharing and higher per mile rates for driver’s, you will ultimately receive a larger cut being a partner with Facedrive!

How to sign up with Facedrive Toronto

The requirements for driving with Facedrive are pretty similar to the requirements for driving with Uber. To become a driver with Facedrive, you will first need to sign up for an account on the Facedrive website. Simply click on the Sign up/Login button and login with either Facebook or Google. Fill out the registration form that pops up continue on to the document upload screen.

When you sign up to drive you will need to supply Facedrive with the following documents

  • Full class G license
  • Secondary form of identification
  • An insurance policy with 3 years of history

You will also need to provide some details about your vehicle

  • Make/Model/Year of vehicle (must be 7 years or newer)
  • Select your energy type – Gas/Hybrid/Electric
  • Upload a copy of the vehicle registration
  • Upload your vehicles safety inspection
  • Enter your license plate number
  • Upload 3 photos of the vehicle with the license plate visible in at least one photo

Once your application has been submitted, you will be subjected to a background check. Background checks take between 2-3 days to complete and once your application has been approved, you will be ready to start driving and working towards owning shares in the company!

Insurance and Inspections

While you are required to maintain your own personal vehicle insurance, Facedrive offers rideshare insurance through Northbridge Insurance.

Facedrive’s insurance policy includes the following coverage while on the road and waiting for a pick up

  • $1,000,000 in third party liability coverage
  • $1,000 deductible for all perils, collision, comprehensive or specified perils

Coverage on the way to pick up and while transporting the passenger is as follows

  • $2,000,000 third party liability
  • $1,000 deductible for all perils, collision, comprehensive or specified perils
  • Up to $1500 for replacement vehicle during repairs for insured loss
  • No depreciation on new vehicles

If you experience a collision while driving with the platform you can file a claim directly with Northbridge Insurance.

You are responsible for keeping your vehicles safety inspection up-to-date. The inspection must be renewed every year and you are responsible for the costs associated.

Facedrive Car Requirements

UberX Vehicle Example
  • Vehicle needs to seat 4 passengers (not included the driver)
  • Vehicle must be at least seven years old or newer
UberXL Vehicle Example
  • Vehicle needs to seat 6 passengers (not included the driver)
  • Vehicle must be at least seven years old or newer

Accepted Car Examples

Facedrive SEDAN

  • Ford Escape
  • Nissan Maxima
  • Toyota Camry
  • Honda Accord
  • Ford Escort

Facedrive SUV

  • Kia Sorrento
  • Dodge Durango
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Ford Explorer
  • Dodge Grand Caravan

This list can also be found on Facedrive’s driver info page.

Which platform will you use?

Facedrive touts a relatively easy sign up process and offers flexibility to work with other rideshare platforms. With a focus on higher driver pay outs and a lower carbon footprint, Facedrive is poised to give Uber a run for their money.

Time will tell as this new company hits the streets to take on the top dogs and make room for a platform catered to the end users.

Have you signed up for Facedrive? Share your experiences with the new platform in the comments below!