New law in Texas makes changes to auto insurance requirements

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New law targets ride-share companies, requiring them to have more insurance coverage A new law in Texas will require drivers for both Lyft and Uber to have more auto insurance coverage. The law also applies to all Transportation Network Companies and is meant to address concerns regarding a gap in auto insurance for drivers. Previous to the law, drivers were required to have a minimum of $30,000 per person injured in an accident, $60,000 per accident, and $25,000 in property damage per accident. Typically, this degree of coverage was enough…

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Legislation targets auto insurance and ride share services in Florida

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New legislation will place auto insurance requirements on ride share companies New legislation in Florida could affect the way ride-share companies receive auto insurance. Companies like Uber and Lyft, which providing transportation services with the aid of mobile apps, have been at the heart of debate concerning issues in the auto insurance sector. These companies typically meet the minimum requirements but are not technically required to do so because of the way they operate. The new legislation would codify existing standards, ensuring that companies like Uber and Lyft are required…

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Auto insurance company in Canada cracks down on UberX drivers

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An insurer has started cancelling the policies of drivers who are working with personal coverage. The Toronto Star has now reported that it has received an internal bulletin from the Aviva Canada auto insurance company and that has revealed that it is cracking down on UberX drivers who are covering themselves with personal policies but who are using their vehicles for commercial purposes. Estimates from the City of Toronto show a monthly average of 500,000 UberX rides in the city. Now, one of the largest auto insurance companies in the…

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New auto insurance policy designed for drive-share companies approved in California

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State Insurance Commissioner approves new auto insurance policy for drivers California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has approved the state’s first official auto insurance policy designed specifically for Lyft and Uber drivers. The policy has been formed to address the problems associated with drive-share companies and the insurance coverage that they offer to their drivers. The insurance policy is coming from MetLife Auto & Home. The policy will provide individual coverage for Uber and Lyft workers, providing them with the protection they have may have been lacking in the past. Coverage…

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Canadian Uber drivers may need to check their auto insurance policies

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Insurance Bureau of Canada wants Uber drivers to make sure they are properly insured The Insurance Bureau of Canada is advising drivers that work for ride-share company Uber to check their auto insurance policies. The agency suggests that drivers should ensure that their insurance policies provide coverage for their vehicles that are being used for commercial purposes. In most cases, however, conventional policies do not provide commercial coverage for most drivers, as these policies only provide coverage for vehicles being used for personal purposes. As such, they may be exposed…

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Self-driving cars could lead to lower auto insurance premiums

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Insurance premiums could fall significantly due to automated vehicles Self-driving cars could help save motorists money on auto insurance coverage, according to insurance startup Metromile. The company has released a new report that suggests that drivers could save as much as $1,000 a year on coverage due to automated vehicles. These cars could cost as little as $250 a year to insure, and they may serve as a disruptive force for the auto insurance industry in the coming years. Self-driving cars are not subjected to human error in the same…

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California law aims to address ride-share auto insurance

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New law approved in California will have an impact on the ride-share market A new law in California will bring changes to the ride-share industry and how it makes use of auto insurance. Ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft have been at the heart of controversy concerning insurance coverage. These companies provide their drivers with coverage, but only when they are transporting a passenger, not when they are on the way to retrieve that passenger. As such, there may be significant coverage gaps that place drivers at risk  because they…

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