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Uber drivers should check if they are properly insured: Insurance Bureau

WATCH ABOVE: The government is issuing a warning to those using Uber or other ride-sharing services because of insurance issues. Jessica Kent explains.

TORONTO – The Insurance Bureau of Canada says drivers who work for ride-hailing service Uber should check to make sure their insurance policies cover their vehicles for commercial use.

Spokesman Steve Kee says some policies only provide coverage for personal use, which could lead to a rejected claim if the driver is using their vehicle to generate income.

Kee recommends Uber drivers – and those working for other ride-hailing services – call their insurance providers to determine whether they are adequately covered.

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The Alberta government warned on Monday that Albertans who use services like Uber may not have insurance coverage or accident benefits under provincial law.

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Alberta’s office of the Superintendent of Insurance suggested that passengers using Uber should ask the driver to provide proof of insurance coverage.

Kee says in the case of taxis, passengers can rest assured that the driver has insurance because the industry is strictly regulated.

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