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Wawanesa cancels policies when clients drive for Uber


December 31, 2015   by Toronto Star


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At renewal, Wawanesa now asks customers if they drive for Uber or Lyft. And if they say yes, the company will cancel the policy.

“It is not our intention to provide coverage for these risks,” manager Anne Barton told the Toronto Star in an email.

A spokesperson said while Uber has updated its terms of service to reflect new products, there is no significant change.

But the president and CEO of brokerage Baird McGregor says the new contract emphasizes that UberX drivers are responsible for buying their own commercial coverage.

In a July news conference at Toronto City Hall, Philomena Comerford said the ride-hailing company’s coverage for its drivers is non-owned automobile liability. And that only kicks in if Uber–not the driver–is proven to have been negligent.

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This story was originally published by Canadian Insurance Top Broker.