Online taxi aggregator Uber has launched an insurance scheme for its drivers, which will come into effect on September 1. Under the new scheme, a total of 4,50,000 drivers will be covered.
The free insurance scheme will cover drivers in the age group of 18 to 65 years. As per a company statement, drivers will be covered for accidental death and disablement, hospitalisation, and in case of an accident while using the Uber app, en route or on a trip with Uber.
The insurance includes Rs 5 lakh in the event of death, up to Rs 5 lakh for permanent disability, up to Rs 2 lakh in case of hospitalisation, and a sub limit of up to Rs 50,000 for outpatient treatment.
Pradeep Parameswaran, the head of Uber's central operations in India said, "This is a reflection of our efforts to meaningfully impact and improve the driving experience." Drivers for Uber and other taxi aggregators have been demanding for health insurance, better incentives, and healthy working hours for a while.
Offering free insurance is a good move by Uber, taking into regards the job and the number of trips drivers make. Driving, although an enjoyable experience, can become life threatening in no time if not given attention.