Allianz partners with Uber to protect European drivers

B2B2C insurance provider Allianz Partners is to partner with Uber to provide protection and security for independent drivers and couriers who partner with Uber and Uber Eats in 23 European countries, effective January 1, 2022.

The coverage includes various compensation payments for loss of income in case of on-trip accidents, injury, or hospitalisations. In addition, active Uber partners will also enjoy significant off-trip benefits, for example paid sick leave for up to 15 days, maternity and paternity payments, and inconvenience compensations for court attendance.

The Partner Protection program, which was introduced as an industry-first by Uber in 2017, is designed to cater specifically to the needs of independent drivers and couriers, who use the Uber app to access flexible earning opportunities. It is free of charge and automatically available to all independent partners who meet the respective Uber eligibility criteria, with all costs borne by Uber.

Sirma Boshnakova, CEO of Allianz Partners, said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated an acceleration in the essential role of drivers and couriers, and the need for tailored insurance solutions. This industry-leading insurance program raises the bar on innovative protection across the sector, and we are excited to be supporting Uber and their partners at this important time.”

Karl Gray, head of insurance EMEA at Uber, added, “Programmes like this mark our commitment to improve platform work and to provide independent workers in Europe with the benefits and protections they want. We hope that this will also encourage the rest of the sector to enable protections for European platform workers, no matter the app they choose to work on.”

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