Thursday, 7 July 2016

Ontario Changes Fleet Definition To Accommodate Ride-Sharing

This week, the Ontario amended Regulation 664 to expand the definition of a fleet to accommodate ride-sharing services. The change opens the door for insurers to offer policies to drivers of vehicles for hire using an online app such as Uber.

The regulation amendment expands the fleet definition to include vehicles available for hire through a common online-enabled application or system for  pre-arranged transportation. The vehicle owner or lessee is to be a named insured under an auto insurance contract. The regulation change will make it easier for Ontario businesses to insure a group of privately owned vehicles under one insurance policy as a “fleet” when they are available for hire using an online app.

FSCO has already approved a fleet policy proposed by Intact Insurance Company. The Intact policy provides blanket fleet coverage under a standard automobile owner’s policy (OAP 1) for private passenger automobiles used in the transportation of paying passengers who utilize Uber. The Intact fleet policy only provides coverage when the driver is logged onto the Uber online app. In other situations, coverage under the personal owner’s policy for the automobile is applicable.

FSCO has also approved the use of an electronic insurance card for use in connection with ride-sharing. The electronic insurance card will permit ride-sharing drivers, who are covered under the Intact policy the option, to provide evidence of insurance electronically using an online-enabled app (e.g., to law enforcement officials).

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