Ride sharing and delivery drivers may be lacking coverage in their auto insurance.
Uber, Lyft, Ride Share, Postmates, DoorDash – the industry of ride-sharing and delivery has blown up! Drivers are (often) paid better than minimum wage, have no set schedule, and get to meet all sorts of people along the way. The general public love this invention, too!
However, since the rise of Transport Network Companies (TNC) and freelance delivery services, there have been disputes over what car insurance coverages should apply to the drivers and passengers.
If you drive for a rideshare company, it’s important that you know that your personal insurance does not cover your activities. Commercial use of your car is specifically excluded from your policy, so anytime you activate your rideshare app, your personal policy effectively deactivates.
Most major rideshare companies have some insurance they can extend to you, but it might not cover every portion of your journey. You need to make sure you have coverage for:
- When your rideshare app is on but you haven’t yet accepted a ride
- When you’ve accepted a ride and are en route to pick up
- When you’re transporting your ride to his or her final destination.
Read your policies carefully and ask your insurance agent if there are any gaps.
To be safe and ensure you’re fully protected, talk to your agent about commercial auto for-hire livery coverage or, more simply, commercial auto insurance. Adding this kind of policy on top of your personal insurance ensures that you’re protected every time you put the key in the ignition, whether you’re doing so personally or professionally.
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