Insurance regulators address ridesharing insurance coverage gaps
News: 2015 Press Release
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) adopted a white paper addressing the insurance coverage gaps associated with ridesharing services offered by Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Sidecar, Lyft and Uber.
The white paper was issued to assist state insurance regulators and state legislators throughout the United States who are considering how best to address insurance coverage gaps associated with TNCs and ridesharing. Legislation is pending in at least 35 states.
Commissioner Dave Jones' work in California highlighting insurance coverage gaps led California to pass one of the first laws in the nation to require TNCs to provide insurance coverage for drivers. Commissioner Jones chairs the NAIC's Sharing Economy Working Group, which developed the white paper.
The paper, Transportation Network Company Insurance Principles for Legislators and Regulators, outlines insurance consideration to guide state and local policymakers when adopting laws or regulations regarding TNCs.
"New technology and new business models are important drivers of competition and economic growth," said California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "With any new consumer service, technology or business model like ridesharing, it is also important to make sure consumers are protected and insurance coverage is provided or available."
The paper discusses the perspectives of the insurance industry, TNCs, traditional livery services like cabs and limousines, regulators, drivers and passengers. It also recommends a range of potential state based regulatory solutions. Issues including insurance coverage gaps, coverage amounts and types of coverage are discussed, as well as the need for consumer outreach and education regarding these new transportation services.
"States across the country are grappling with the issue of how best to make sure TNC drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other drivers are covered when there is an accident with a TNC driver," said Commissioner Jones. "Traditional personal auto insurance policies do not typically provide coverage, so there are insurance coverage gaps that states need to address. This is an area where insurance regulators and state legislators in each state can work together to make sure that consumers are protected."
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