Uber's logo is pictured at its office in Tokyo, Japan, November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon Uber's logo is pictured at its office in Tokyo, Japan, November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Uber to provide insurance for drivers, delivery partners across Egypt

Sun, Aug. 5, 2018
CAIRO – 5 August 2018: Uber has announced that it will provide all drivers with insurance, “Injury Protection”, across Egypt starting August. They aim to protect drivers from the financial cost of injury, including medical expenses or lost earning opportunities when an accident takes place while driving on the Uber app, up to certain limits.

This announcement came as part of Uber’s global commitment to driver protection and the safety and security of its customers, and will be funded by Uber at no cost to drivers and delivery partners.

Uber driver-partners and Uber Eats delivery-partners are automatically enrolled via an in-app message; from the moment they accept a trip or delivery request, while driving to pick up a rider or on the way to a restaurant, and until the trip ends or delivery is completed. All passengers are also automatically protected by the injury protection insurance, but can decline coverage if they so choose.

Commenting on the “Injury Protection”, the Head of Uber for Europe Middle East and Africa, Pierre Dimitri Gore said, “Drivers have told us that they enjoy the freedom of being their own boss and choosing if, when, and where they drive. But they have also told us they want more security, and the Injury Protection program is designed to provide Uber partners with peace of mind while preserving the flexibility they value. We believe that we have an important role to play in empowering people to get access to quality opportunities and we are excited to have developed a leading insurance product for the ride sharing industry here in Egypt.”

Injury Protection commenced on Aug. 1, 2018 and will instantly cover more than 70,000 active independent Uber partners across Egypt.

The Parliament approved the draft law in May including several steps to legalize the electronic transport services.

The new bill consists of four articles regulating the work of the two major companies in Egypt, while delaying three other articles for further discussion between MPs and the concerned ministers.

The first article obligates the ride-hailing companies to settle their legal conditions within six months of issuing the new law and paying annual fees to be determined by the Cabinet.

The third article sets two months for the Cabinet to issue its regulations to guarantee the quality of the services.

The bill also proposes issuing special licenses for vehicles that use the app and obligating them to put a mark that refers to the service provider, whether Uber, Careem or any other company planning to provide transport services in Egypt, while prohibiting individual drivers and car owners from offering their services.
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