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Uber France partners with Axa to offer insurance cover for drivers

Uber France is to work with insurance company Axa to offer accident cover to its drivers. 28 Jul 2017

Axa will "bring its experience in the protection of independent workers, notably on coverage of medical expenses, disability indemnities, and survivor benefits in case of an accident" to Uber's drivers by autumn 2017, it said.

Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Uber's head of operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa said: "We’re thrilled to partner with Axa, to develop an innovative package that will provide independent workers that use Uber technology with accident insurance. This partnership will provide a safety net for the independent workers … and we’ll carry on listening about further improvements we can make to create the best possible experience."

Maciej Szpunar, an advocate general at the EU's highest court said this month that France has the right to bring criminal charges against Uber for its unlicensed 'UberPop' service without first notifying the European Commission.

Uber customers use a smartphone app to order urban transport services. The app recognises the location of the user and alerts nearby drivers. Once the trip is complete, the fare is automatically charged to the user's pre-registered bank card. The UberPop service connects potential passengers with unlicensed, non-professional private drivers, using their own private vehicles.