Uber Launches Personal Injury, Illness Insurance for U.K. Drivers

In a bid to curry public favor, particularly in the United Kingdom, Uber has begun offering personal injury and illness insurance for drivers.

Launched last week, drivers can now pay $2.60 per week, and receive up to $2,585 in coverage in the event they are called for jury duty, and $387 per week if an accident takes place during a trip or while logged into the app. Uber is subsidizing the $2.60 per week fee, the rideshare company said in a statement.

With 40,000 drivers in the U.K., this move is likely to cost the San Francisco-based company several million dollars per year. It comes ahead of the British government’s Taylor review of modern working practices, which is likely to recommend that self-employed gig economy workers should be granted greater employment protections and benefits, including sickness coverage, according to a published report.

The sick leave insurance is being provided by IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed.

Uber and IPSE did not respond to requests for comment.

Separately, Uber was hit last year by an employment tribunal ruling that determined Uber drivers were wrongly classified as self-employed and should be classed as “workers,” a status that would grant them rights to paid sick days, paid vacation, and a guarantee of the national minimum wage. Since then, the rideshare giant has tried to play down the impact of the ruling and will challenge the ruling in the fall.

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