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Uber launches new insurance cover for Saudi drivers

Ride hailing app Uber partners with AXA to provide insurance for drivers and delivery partners who use the service across Saudi Arabia

Uber launches new insurance cover for Saudi drivers

Uber has announced the launch of Injury Protection, a new insurance program which covers drivers and delivery partners who use Uber across Saudi Arabia in partnership with insurer AXA.

The ride-hailing app said the move stems from its global commitment to the safety and security of its drivers and protects them from some of the financial cost of injury, including medical expenses or lost earning opportunities where an accident takes place while driving or delivering using the Uber app.

The insurance policies will be fully funded by Uber at no cost to driver and delivery partners, a statement said.

Pierre Dimitri Gore Coty, vice president and regional general manager of Europe Middle East and Africa at Uber, said: “The introduction of Injury Protection marks a milestone for us in line with our commitment to be a better partner and ensure the best safety practices for our driver and delivery partners by listening to their needs.

"The insurance program... is designed to provide Uber Partners with peace of mind while preserving the flexibility they value... we are excited to have developed a leading insurance product for the ride sharing industry here in Saudi Arabia.”

All Uber’s driver-partners and Uber Eats delivery-partners are automatically enrolled to benefit from the insurance coverage, however, participation is not compulsory, and partners are able to opt-out if they wish.

Injury Protection started on August 1 and will cover more than 170,000 active independent Uber driver and delivery partners across Saudi Arabia.

Uber said it has played an active role in the government’s Saudization program, having signed up more than 200,000 Saudis to drive on Uber in the last two years.

Earlier this year, Uber also announced Masaruky– a two-year initiative aimed to increase Saudi women’s participation in the workforce through access to transportation.

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