Rideshare drivers may face higher insurance premiums

Rideshare drivers on apps like Taxify and Uber could face increased insurance premiums. (Eero Vabamägi/Postimees/Scanpix)
4/15/2016 11:54 AM
Category: Business

The Estonian Insurance Association (EIA) believes that a registry should be established of rideshare drivers using their personal vehicles to offer rides via apps such as Taxify or Uber, and that these drivers’ insurance premiums could increase accordingly.

Association chairman Mart Jesse told Estonian daily Postimees that a rideshare service and taxi service are in essence very similar.

“Insofar as the frequency of taxi traffic incidents is three times greater than that of regular road users, their insurance premiums are higher as well,” Jesse explained. He went on to say that it would be a good idea to establish a registry of ridesharing drivers.

“It is reasonable to assume that the state would launch an information-sharing service through which parties with legitimate interest, such as insurers, lessors and other similar organizations, could access information via electronic means about vehicles used to offer such services,” he noted.

Taxi operators paying markedly higher insurance premiums would otherwise remain at a competitive disadvantage compared to their unregulated competitors, who are currently granted a competitive advantage by way of more affordable premiums.

Editor: Aili Sarapik

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