Ride-hailing services: Drivers demand life insurance

Drivers demanded life insurance, 24/7 access to companies’ emergency helpline

APP March 01, 2018
An employee shows the logo of ride-hailing company Careem on his mobile in his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah July 17, 2017. Picture taken July 17, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: After a driver’s murder, the captains of online cab services on Wednesday called upon their companies for adequate security mechanism to ensure their safety and well-being of their families. The captains expressing their grave concern over the brutal killing of their colleague Junaid Mustafa, demanded life insurance and 24/7 access to companies’ emergency helpline. One of the ride-sharing services’ Captain Muhammad Rizwan said a panic button should be introduced in the rides in emergency situations. “These companies should provide life and vehicle insurance,” he demanded. Just a five-minute extended connection with the company after finishing every ride was not enough for a secure job. The captains should be educated to strictly adhere to safety guidelines and to remain within their authorised limits to avoid any untoward incident, another captain suggested.  

Published in The Express Tribune, March 1st, 2018.