With effect from 1 Apr, Gojek drivers will be covered by a protection insurance scheme, as a result of the partnership between Gojek and Gigacover – a Singapore-based insurance company, which focuses on freelancers.
The scheme was designed in close consultation with the National Private Hire Vehicles Association of Singapore – an affiliate of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), which was formally registered on 3 May 2016.
Gojek drivers will need to pay a single, subsidized monthly rate, depending on their age to get earnings protection coverage of $80 a day at preferential rates. They will be covered for up to 21 days of medical leave and 84 days of hospitalization leave.
“Top active drivers” who complete the greatest number of trips in a quarter will get free coverage paid for by Gojek on a quarterly basis.
The partnership aims to provide a peace of mind for its drivers, Gojek Singapore general manager Lien Choong Luen said.
He added that “it comes as part of their efforts to partner local companies so that they can all grow together.”
Meanwhile, a spokesman from the Ministry of Manpower said that the ministry welcomes the support among transport operators to protect their self-employed drivers. He also encourages other operators to offer such insurance.
Ya lor, I think other operators should step up also to offer such insurance. Or not, when the driver sick, they still need pay rental fees, bo hua leh like that.
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