Edmonton-based ridesharing company TappCar has secured insurance coverage from MPI to begin its operations in Winnipeg on March 2.
TappCar says it has received a binding certificate that provides proper passenger-vehicle-for-hire coverage to all vehicles registered and operated by TappCar in Winnipeg.
“The safety of Winnipeggers comes first, so we’re proud to announce that we’ve secured MPI insurance requirements for ridesharing operators, which are well designed to protect drivers, ratepayers and third parties,” TappCar spokesperson Pascal Ryffel said.
“We are very thankful to MPI for putting together this innovative, creative insurance plan for companies like ours, and look forward to working with them for many years to come.”
Drivers of TappCar will be bound by time bands, with varying rates based on when they choose to work.
Uber and Lyft have previously expressed disappointment with Manitoba Public Insurance’s offerings for ride-sharing service. Both companies say they won’t set up shop in the province until MPI changes its policy to allow for more flexibility. Such changes would require altering provincial legislation and a separate hearing by the Public Utilities Board.