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Why does Uber mislead drivers about insurance?

Discussion in 'Insurance' started by RussellP, Dec 9, 2016.

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  1. RussellP

    RussellP Active Member

    Location:
    Portland Maine
    Driving:
    UberX
    So basically every insurance company I've spoken to tells me the same thing... If driving for Uber/Lyft, or any other transportation network provider, even if you only take 1 passenger per year, you must have a commercial insurance policy. You can argue with them until you are blue in the face, but they will not issue a personal insurance policy if you drive with Uber. In the case of Geico, as soon as I mentioned driving for Uber they told me that they were going to cancel my personal policy unless I sent them a letter of deactivation from Uber proving my partner account was terminated.

    Uber themselves seem to tell you that your personal insurance covers you while not logged in, and their contingent insurance (which meets state minimums) covers you while logged in and not carrying passengers.

    I see a problem with that... if I was to have an accident while logged in, the Uber insurance is liability only... so no comprehensive/collision meaning my vehicle could be a total loss and I would be screwed basically...

    It seems this is not a thing specific to my state of Maine, so why isn't Uber more clear about this... It should be very clearly explained when drivers are signing up..

    "If you become an Uber driver, your insurance company will cancel your personal insurance policy and require you to get a commercial insurance policy, even if you only drive 1 night a year."

    I bought full commercial coverage with Geico.

    Reasons why I think Uber should be honest about the insurance stuff? I'm greedy, I want less other drivers to compete with... meaning more frequent pings for me, more frequent surges, and higher surge rates. Not to mention it would also be the right thing to do.... being honest and all...
     
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  2. CommiePuddin

    CommiePuddin Member

    Location:
    Florence, Ky.
    The rules are not the same in every state/municipality/nation.
     
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  3. Blackout 702

    Blackout 702 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Las Vegas
    "Why does Uber...?" You could have stopped right there.
     
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  4. steveK2016

    steveK2016 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Atlanta
    Driving:
    UberSELECT
    It's not Uber's job nor responsibility to advise an independent contractor on what exact regulations he or she needs to do in order to accept a contract with their business. Especially since that regulation can differ from state to state, county to county and even city to city. With being an independent contractor comes responsibilities: confirming your insurance coverage and filing your own taxes are two major ones.

    There are a few insurance companies that do allow rideshare with their personal insurance. I was told USAA allows it, probably because they don't offer a commercial insurance and it's better than losing a customer completely.

    Uber will cover their asses, it's your job to cover yours...
     
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  5. tohunt4me

    tohunt4me Well-Known Member

    Location:
    new orleans , la.
    Here at Uber,truth just gets in the way. We ignore it,like laws
     

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  6. RussellP

    RussellP Active Member

    Location:
    Portland Maine
    Driving:
    UberX
    Yeah... maybe this belongs in complaints... I guess I was just venting about how many drivers are underinsured. Uber has the ability to help the situation by making this information more apparent during the signup, even if it was just a suggestion to "check with your insurance company first, tell them you want to start driving for uber". Then drivers can consider the costs in reality
     
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  7. SEAL Team 5

    SEAL Team 5 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Phoenix
    Driving:
    Livery
    You know that big packet your insurance company sent you when you either first signed up or renewed with them? That's called a policy, it contains very specific underwriting rules. Underwriting rules are the guideline that the company follows to insure you, accept or deny any claim and represent you in any legal matter. I don't know whom you are insured with, but I can guarantee that you have a written clause in your policy that states "not for agricultural or commercial use". Remember that the insurance companies have been in this business for over a hundred years, Uber's only 7 years old and is clueless when it comes to state required insurance guidelines. Don't trust anything Uber says about insurance.
     
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  8. Allstate_Rideshare_Texas

    Allstate_Rideshare_Texas New Member Past Sponsor

    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    Many good points above by RussellP, SteveK2016 and SEAL Team 5 and others!

    I see both sides: the TNC's and Drivers. On many threads many say it's the driver's job, as independent contractors (which I have been for 20 years) , to know what they, as drivers, are doing and how to protect themselves. Yes, that's true. But I also think TNC's could and should do more to help the drivers get some guidance with the arcane, but very important, subject of insurance. If the TNC's did, there would be, IMO, a MUCH higher level of trust and satisfaction by the drivers. And its NOT like the BIG insurance co's are running away from the TNC biz! Just the opposite! There are more and more insurance companies are seeing the opportunity each year and getting in the game with affordable insurance. The TNC's could hire ONE guy to research, track and publish what insurance co's are doing. That would help the drivers, foster better TNC/driver relationships, and bolster their business (of course, the TNC's could add a page of legal disclaimers). I don't know why they don't do that. But.... I am not a TNC....

    I wish all of you great Success in your driving! : )
     
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  9. SEAL Team 5

    SEAL Team 5 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Phoenix
    Driving:
    Livery
    Thank you for the kind words and I couldn't agree with you more. TNC's should do more to help new drivers understand the rules and laws of this industry. With them not helping in any way only proves one of three things.

    1) either they don't care one bit about their drivers
    2) or they are so clueless about the rules and laws themselves
    3) or they think they are so above the law and have the resources to pay any fine if convicted of wrongdoings.

    On second thought, it most likely is all three.

    In conclusion, the fact of the matter will always come down to the owner/operator of the vehicle being the responsible party. Again getting back to a phrase I read in NEWS about a month ago. "Uber has a $40 billion fleet without owning a single vehicle."
     
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  10. Grahamcracker

    Grahamcracker Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Honolulu, HI
    I have USAA and they don't offer insurance for Ridesharing yet. Last I talked to them about it was a month ago.
     
  11. Grahamcracker

    Grahamcracker Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Honolulu, HI
    I'm convinced they know. They don't want to scare potential drivers away. I asked a guy at the local Uber office what is the deductible? He replied,"1 million dollars". I was like WTF? He saw I was confused and told me to contact them online about it. I should have listened to my gut then and walked out.
     
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  12. I_Like_Spam

    I_Like_Spam Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Pittsburgh





    Uber is interested in getting as many partners signed on as possible, talking a lot about the problems that they might have in regards to insurance wouldn't help them in this regards. Thousands of partners might have never signed up.


    They won't tell you that you might have a problem with your auto note, if you are making payments on your car either. If you look at the note you signed, you are buying your car for personal reasons. The wear and tear and the additional miles, reduces the value of the collateral to GMAC or whomever, making the loan riskier to them, and allowing the lender to call in the loan immediately.
     
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  13. Grahamcracker

    Grahamcracker Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Honolulu, HI
    Believe in your dreams... they are ready and waiting to come true.

    Last night I had a dream the Boogie man was under my bed
     
  14. SEAL Team 5

    SEAL Team 5 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Phoenix
    Driving:
    Livery
    Any insurance company would love a million dollar deductible on a million dollar policy. The ignorance of Uber management is strong.
     
  15. BurgerTiime

    BurgerTiime Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Minneapolis
    Driving:
    Lyft
    Why do you think every driver takes off the trade dress? Because if there's an accident they don't want the cop to put down you are an Uber driver in the police report. That gets back to your insurance company and you can kiss your policy/ coverage, goodbye, forever! You will also be flagged and have a super hard time getting new insurance.
    Add your claim will be denied too.

    I bet the new thing will be if your car was Ubering and that will effect your car fax and you'll have a heck of a time trade-in or resale. Who would want to buy a used taxi not knowing it was used as such?
     
  16. Blackout 702

    Blackout 702 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Las Vegas
    Because I'd really rather not have a cabbie express himself fecally on my nice vehicle.
     
  17. SEAL Team 5

    SEAL Team 5 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Phoenix
    Driving:
    Livery
    Even worse a financial institution that is carrying your loan may place full commercial coverage on your vehicle retroactive to the very first day of the loan. And these financial institutions DO NOT shop for the best price. All of a sudden an Uber driver gets a new payment coupon book in the mail increasing his payment by $400/month and a letter stating that an additional insurance lien has been placed on their vehicle. The driver will be horrified until he is told to read their contract with the financial institution. Just more legal issues that I'm sure 95% of Uber drivers have no clue about. Uber is not picking up hitch hikers for gas money, it's commercial transportation for compensation (fare for hire).
     
  18. SEAL Team 5

    SEAL Team 5 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Phoenix
    Driving:
    Livery
    You don't have to worry about that. Your pax do a more than adequate job of that.
     
  19. Blackout 702

    Blackout 702 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Las Vegas
    Actually no, they don't. It's funny how when people run out of actual points to make they just start making things up that they either know for a fact aren't true or they have no way of knowing one way or the other.
     
  20. SEAL Team 5

    SEAL Team 5 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Phoenix
    Driving:
    Livery
    I was just going by everything I've seen in this forum. Puke, urine, fecal matter, food, candy, broken doors, broken windows and too many other items to mention that I've read about on this forum that is happening to cars. I will never run out of actual points to make in this forum. It's as sure as the sun rises that a new driver will start a thread with "I can't believe this happened".
     
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