If you want to get started with Uber or other rideshare platforms in London, apart from PCO and PHV licenses, it’s mandatory that both you and your car are covered by rideshare insurance. If you’re driving a subscription car, it may even be covered by the car subscription provider.
We put together the essentials on what is rideshare insurance, specifically PHV insurance, and what you need to know in order to start earning.
In order to use your car for ridesharing, you must have different car insurance than standard personal car insurance. Rideshare insurance is designed specifically for rideshare drivers, and It’s similar to a comprehensive car insurance policy. It covers incidents that may happen while you’re using your car to transport passengers.
If you only deliver food or packages for platforms like Uber Eats or Amazon Flex, or you’re an occasional Uber driver, doing less than 20 hours a month, you might want to consider a Hire and Reward Policy. You can opt for a pay-as-you-go/monthly policy to supplement your private car insurance, instead of committing to a 12-month contract.
However, if you’re ready to become an Uber driver as more than just a part-time activity, PHV insurance is what you need to go for.
Private hire insurance (PHV insurance) is a legal requirement for all private hire drivers in London who pick up passengers that have booked their ride through a ride-hailing app. Whether it’s Uber, Bolt, or Ola, they all require PHV insurance. It protects both drivers and passengers in case of an accident.
The difference between taxi insurance and PHV insurance is that PHV doesn’t allow for picking up passengers who hail a car in the street, for example.
Yes. In the UK, Uber doesn’t offer any kind of insurance for drivers. This means they have to manage their own insurance, and they have to provide proof of proper insurance when they sign up to drive.
Because Uber considers itself a Transportation Network Company, not a taxi firm, your policy needs to cover specifically using your own car for hire or reward. In the UK there are three levels of PHV cover you can choose from:
Fully comprehensive is the most complete insurance policy on offer for Uber drivers. We strongly recommend it, if possible.
Because of the risks involved in driving people around, Uber drivers also need to take out public liability cover. This covers any claims made against you by passengers or members of the general public who may be involved in an accident while you’re driving.
For a small additional cost, a public liability policy can also cover your legal expenses.
PHV insurance is generally more expensive than usual car insurance. However, the exact cost depends on several aspects such as driving history, policy type, car type, age, years of driving experience, as well as mileage.
According to Inshur, a typical PHV driver, over 25 years years of age, with a standard saloon car and a clean history will pay around £1,500 – £3,500 a year for fully comprehensive cover. This can rise significantly for new drivers or those with inconsistent driving history.
Not exactly. They don’t offer PHV insurance directly to drivers, but they do partner with various insurance providers like Acorn, Inshur, and Zego, where you can easily get Uber-approved rideshare insurance. These providers make it even easier by submitting the insurance papers directly to Uber for you.
However, Uber does provide some insurance to protect its drivers while they’re working from sickness or injury, but they don’t provide cover for your car or your passengers.
Here are some of the things that the Uber insurance policy covers*:
|Claim||On or off trip?||Value|
|Medical expense reimbursement||On-trip||Up to £7,500|
|Accidental death payment||On-trip||£50,000 lump sum + up to £6,000 funeral costs|
|Inconvenience payment for permanent injury||On-trip||Up to £50,000|
|Inconvenience payment for hospitalisation||On-trip||£1,000|
|Inconvenience payment for temporary injury during transportation services||On-trip||
|Severe sickness & bodily injury payment (leading to more 7+ consecutive days unable to work)||Off-trip||
|Maternity / Paternity Payment||Off-trip||£1,000 lump sum|
|Jury service payment||Off-trip||£500 lump sum|
*Data provided by Nimblefins
Here are a few tips on how you can save money on your PHV insurance:
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The weekly subscription fee includes comprehensive rideshare insurance. Besides being covered in case of an accident, this means less paperwork for you.
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