They are close, they are convenient and effortless to use — but are ride-sharing solutions leaving you unprotected in the event of an accident?
That is the question California Insurance coverage Commissioner Dave Jones is attempting to solution, by holding a state hearing on the subject Friday at the state Capitol.
Jones informed KCRA 3 he’s concerned about a “coverage gap” presented by trip-sharing services.
“These companies carry ($ one million) in industrial liability insurance coverage,” Jones explained. “That does not protect the driver. Although they’re driving all around and hunting for a passenger, is there insurance coverage? That is a single prospective gap.”
In San Francisco, a pedestrian was hit by an Uber-driven automobile on New Year’s Eve.
Uber’s chance management chief, Gus Fuldner, testified at the Capitol on Friday that “the driver’s insurance coverage policy has supplied up the complete limits of the driver’s individual car policy in that case.”
Ride-sharing businesses, like Lyft, insist there is no reason for customers to be concerned about insurance coverage coverage.
“They are protected,” said John Zimmer, Lyft’s co-founder. “There is a million-dollar policy. And we’ve often had that for whenever there are passengers in the motor vehicle, as effectively as when the driver is on the way to choose up the passenger.”
But is the insurance coverage policy ample to cover every little thing?
“They have some coverage, but they do not want to pay out for all of the coverage,” said Nicole Ganley, of the Association of California Insurance coverage Firms.
Ganley was crucial of ride-sharing companies.
“They want the private auto insurance policy to cover it — and if they get away with it, they are going to drive up individual insurance expenses and we’re all going to finish up paying out more,” Ganley explained.
Insurance coverage regulators are seeking at likely new rules for trip-sharing – one thing that taxi drivers say are extended overdue.
“We are regulated in every level, every single facet,” said Ahmad Mahmoud, of the Sacramento Taxi Association. “But when it comes to them, nobody’s telling them what to do (or) the place to work. I indicate, they do what ever they want.”
Friday’s hearing did not examine costs amongst trip-sharing automobiles and taxi cabs – that varies from city to city.
The focus was strictly on insurance coverage coverage, and no matter whether drivers, passengers and pedestrians are genuinely protected.
They could outcome in new regulations, Jones mentioned, but he’s also hopeful the marketplace could locate a way to address the coverage gaps.