From: Lane Kasselman [mailto:lane@uber.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:03 PM
To: Kirchner, Elyce (NBCUniversal, KNTV)
Subject: Re: FW: FW: checking in...

 

Hi Elyce,

Answers below:

 

--DOES THAT POLICY INCLUDE ACCIDENTS PRIOR TO FEB 10TH? IF NOT, WHAT WAS THE POLICY PREVIOUSLY?

 

Commercial liability up to $1M has been in place since we launched ridesharing in early 2013.  Recently in order to fully address any ambiguity or uncertainty around insurance coverage for ridesharing services, Uber became the first company to have a policy in place that expands the insurance of ridesharing drivers to cover any potential “insurance gap” for accidents that occur while drivers are not providing transportation service for hire but are logged onto the Uber network and available to accept a ride.  Although in the vast majority of personal insurance policies cover this period either by the plain terms of the insurance policy, or due to the insurance requirements set by state.

 

--WHAT INSURANCE ARE DRIVERS REQUIRED TO HAVE IN ORDER TO BE LICENSEES OF UBER SOFTWARE? SPECIFICALLY, PERSONAL INSURANCE AND/OR COMMERCIAL INSURANCE?

 

This blog details our insurances policies.  All drivers must carry personal auto insurance to become uberX rideshare partners.  All UberBLACK, UberSUV, or uberTAXI rides are provided by commercially licensed and insured partners and drivers. Those transportation providers are covered by commercial insurance policies, in accordance with local and state requirements.

 

--DOES UBER ONLY COVER ACCIDENTS IN WHICH THE DRIVER WAS –NOT- FOUND AT FAULT?

 

No. 

 

In addition, can you confirm the dates in which Daveea Whitmire had an activated Uber account?

 

Uber works with Hirease to conduct stringent background checks, which all drivers must undergo and clear to partner with Uber.  Daveea Whitmire had a clean background check when he became an Uber partner in October. Uber maintains a zero tolerance policy for any alcohol and drug-related offenses on any background check with any partner nationwide, unlike, for example, the taxi industry in San Francisco, which permits drivers with DUIs and drug offenses.


Lane Kasselman
Communications 
Uber Technologies, Inc.

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