One of regulator's biggest concerns with peer-to-peer car service companies is driver insurance. It appears Lyft is looking to ease this concern by partnering with the auto insurance company MetLife.
The ridesharing service announced Tuesday that it has partnered with MetLife to enhance the insurance already required of drivers, which will in turn do more to protect passengers.
"In the coming months, we will work together with MetLife Auto & Home to develop insurance solutions that further protect Lyft's drivers and passengers when utilizing this new sharing economy platform," Lyft wrote in a blog post. "MetLife has recognized the opportunity to serve Lyft users in this emerging marketplace for community-powered transportation, with millions of rides shared among users across the country."
Most states that allow peer-to-peer car services already require drivers to carry high liability insurance. For example, California drivers must be licensed by the California Public Utilities Commission, go through criminal background checks, attend driver-training programs, carry $1 million per-incident insurance coverage, and have a zero-tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol.