Uber could do without any controversy in Toronto and wider Ontario at the moment, but trouble seems to follow the company around, as one of the company’s drivers was hit by a vehicles fleeing police in the Financial District in Toronto.
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit said that eight people were sent to the hospital in the wake of the Sunday accident that happened at 3 a.m.
It should be pointed out that the Uber driver was not at fault at all, but a collision with any other vehicle raises questions about drivers operating without insurance. The Toronto Police force were chasing a fleeing Acura through York St. and Bremmer Blvd. before the vehicle hit an Uber vehicle at an intersection at Bay and Wellington Sts.
The SIU says that of the eight people hurt, three were seriously hurt, all from the vehicles involved, with the driver of the fleeing vehicle arrested after the collision.
“Our thoughts are with those injured in this morning’s accident,” Uber Canada spokesman Susie Heath said. “We are currently working to gather information and stand ready to assist law enforcement in their investigation in any way that we can.”
Uber drivers operate in Canada without auto insurance. Drivers working for the ride-sharing company have faced two choices, take out hugely expensive commercial auto insurance, or use a personal policy and not tell the insurance company that they are working with their vehicle. Almost all drivers have opted for the latter, causing huge controversy around Uber in the process.
Aviva Canada launched a new product in January that provides auto insurance coverage for Uber (and other similar companies) drivers, for a fraction of the cost of commercial insurance. The policy has been widely praised as a true solution to the Uber insurance problem, it has been approved by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), but is exclusive to the province for the time being.
It is unclear whether the Uber driver involved in Sunday’s accident had Aviva Canada’s coverage.