Rideshare drivers will have to pay higher insurance premiums

Rideshare drivers on apps like Taxify and Uber could face increased insurance premiums. (Eero Vabamägi/Postimees/Scanpix)
7/8/2016 9:29 AM
Category: Business

The Estonian Traffic Insurance Fund and the providers of rideshare services agree on the need for higher premiums for drivers, but the question how and how much the drivers should pay hasn’t been answered yet.

The fund’s CEO, Mart Jesse, was quoted by daily Eesti Päevaleht on Friday saying that the main problem was that drivers who got passengers through Uber, Taxify and the like offered a high-risk service, but didn’t pay for appropriate insurance.

In Jesse’s opinion, rideshare drivers should pay more to make them realize the risk of the service they’re offering as well as the responsibility of the passenger they agreed to carry.

According to Jesse, there are several possible solutions. One is to make it obligatory for drivers to have their cars inspected when they sign up for a rideshare scheme. That way, it could be made sure that at least the vehicle was in agreeable condition.

Another idea is to require the insurer’s agreement before the driver takes up work with one of the rideshare providers.

Taxify co-founder Martin Villig agrees that a special regulation could be introduced for rideshare services. “The question is how we can find a fair and even way to insure drivers. The price of insurance would have to be proportional to how many people are driving,” he stressed.

Uber Estonia’s CEO, Enn Metsar, thinks that the solution would have to be as scrupulously detailed as the platforms that bring drivers and passengers together. Metsar is hoping to get to a solution before the end of the summer.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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