AXA will provide partner protection to Uber drivers, offering them a range of covers

AXA has expanded its partnership with Uber to provide a range of covers for the taxi-app firm’s drivers across Europe.

From 1 June Uber drivers or couriers will get partner protection from AXA, which includes cover for accident, injury, illness, and paternity benefits.

It will cover them when they are on and off the Uber app in European markets.

“AXA’s aim is to provide everyone with optimum protection,” AXA chief executive Thomas Buberl said.

“With the digital revolution, forms of work have been changing engendering new needs for protection.

“Our innovative partnership with Uber has proved that a world leader in insurance and one of the most emblematic companies in the new economy can successfully join forces to accompany these deep transformations.

“I am thrilled with the prospects engendered in continuing to cater to our customers evolving needs.”

Digital platform

AXA and Uber also announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding, which the firms said would ‘build a joint affinity marketplace for independent workers.’

Through a digital platform, the two firms expect to propose a full set of personalised offers tailored to the different profiles and needs of each partner driver or courier.

This includes injury protection, income protection, family protection, health covers, retirement and savings.

Uber chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, said: “Uber wouldn’t be what it is without drivers and couriers - they are at the heart of the Uber experience.

“We’re committed to being better a partner, and that starts by being a better listener.

“That’s why I’m thrilled to provide this groundbreaking protection alongside a trusted insurer like AXA, giving our drivers and couriers the peace of mind they tell us they want while preserving the flexibility they value.

“We’ll continue to ensure that the voices of the drivers and couriers are heard as we take Uber forward together.”