Uber has announced that it is offering a new insurance policy for anyone who uses the app in Ghana. The insurance is being provided by Star Assurance Company Limited and will provide riders with personal accident insurance, which covers the rider’s medical expenses after an accident, as well as compensation for death or permanent disability suffered by a rider while on a trip with Uber. “At Uber, we view the addition of this insurance coverage as an important part of fulfilling our goal of reliable, affordable and safe transportation options for all Ghanaians. This is an innovative and first of its kind solution for Uber riders in Ghana and has been tailored specifically for those on the road, building on Uber’s security already available through the app,” said Kofi Agyare, Country Manager of Uber Ghana. Uber was launched in Accra, Ghana, in 2016. When it was launched in June that year, the service was only available in Accra but was later expanded to Kumasi.
Uber Technologies Inc. is a global taxi technology company headquartered in San Francisco, California, United States, operating in over 630 cities worldwide. In Ghana, Uber is present in the national capital Accra, and the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi. Hundreds of drivers have jumped onto the platform to make a living either on a full-time or part-time basis. Founded in 2009, Uber develops, markets and operates the Uber car transportation. In some cities, Uber also engages in food delivery mobile apps. In recent times, there had been arguments about whether Uber was a transport company or a technology service provider. Within Europe, that argument has been settled, after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Uber is a transport company. The ride-hailing firm argued it was an information society service – helping people to make contact with each other electronically – and not a cab firm.