When you are faced with the need to venture into the “outside” world, because your previous working place closed or perhaps your services were no longer needed, you might be faced with the possibility of choosing to become one of the many cab drivers available in the UK. Whether you decide to hire your services out to someone, or you decide to explore this particular activity on your own with the idea of getting your own fleet in the nearby future, probably the most important thing that you need to know, understand, and obtain is proper insurance.
Of course, the type of car insurance that a taxi or rental car should and must have is somewhat different from the type of insurance that any private car must have. The basics, though, are virtually the same in both situations. Protection for the car, the driver and the people surrounding them are the main three things that any car insurance must consider in its policy.
Dealing with an almost endless variety of traffic accidents is the first thing that any responsible taxi driver or owner has to do, so that he or she will be protected if an accident occurs. One of the most important things to consider as soon as you decide to venture in the car hire or taxi world is the fact that accidents cannot be foreseen; at least not in the amount and manner that you would like them to be.
The right car hire or taxi insurance will not only provide a quick answer in those cases and times when you sadly become an active participant in a traffic accident, but it can relieve you from complicated paperwork and endless hours dealing with traffic authorities; the insurance personnel are the ones that will be dealing with all those things, so you can return as quickly as possible to your normal activity.
Nonetheless, such advantages and additional service from your insurance company means that you will have to seek and to take in as much information as possible, so that you can purchase the best possible car hire or taxi insurance available. Yet, it is important that you make the decision first of what type of car hire or taxi service you will be providing.
A modern day custom is for some taxi cars to provide a hauling service; they get a call from a prospective customer asking them to go to the store and purchase something, let’s say a pound of tomatoes. The taxi driver will then deliver the order in a short amount of time and the customer will refund the taxi driver the money that he or she paid for the tomatoes plus the taxi’s fee for service.
In these cases, a special clause should be considered, since many of the things that they transport might be affected, damaged, ruined or lost in transportation. Since the items are not yet delivered, the loss would entirely be on the driver or the taxi or car hire owner, so it is a safer bet to have such an additional clause included in the insurance policy.