Rivals to Uber in the mobile taxi industry, Taxify, has launched a new personalised insurance package for their partner drivers and riders, called Taxify Cover.
Uchenna Chukwuebuka Okafor, Operations Manager in Lagos, highlighted the fact that most traditional insurance covers differ from driver to driver and these covers usually do not extend to cover a rider’s belongings.
This means that if there had to be an accident, riders various insurance companies in order to ensure that they were properly compensated.
“Before the introduction of Taxify’s Cover, riders who depend on the vehicle comprehensive insurance to settle liabilities have been disappointed as these policies do not totally cover accident and personal effect liability,” said Okafor.
“To ensure an added layer of safety during trips, we partnered with Autogenius and Aiico insurance PLC to provide industry leading insurance coverage to our driver partners and riders on all Taxify trips,” he added.
Driver partners who already have their own personal comprehensive cover will still be able to take advantage of the Taxify Cover, this will allow them to protect their rider’s personal effects. Another option for the drivers will be to opt for comprehensive cover if they have third party insurance or no insurance at all.
“Should they lose their assets or should such assets be damaged either as a result of an accident or assault, the cover also makes provisions for that. So phones and tablets can be replaced or repaired,” Okafor said.
Although Okafor was not clear whether Taxify planned to implement a similar program in other markets, he did hint that the company could be looking to launch the service in other regions. “Safety of riders and driver-partners during trips is a priority at Taxify. The local teams in these countries would definitely have something cooking,” he concluded.