Nyanga CPF chairperson, Dumisani Qwebe, has confirmed that some e-hailing drivers are benefiting from hijackings.
According to IOL, trucks and e-hailing services are the main target for criminals in some areas of Cape Town.
Qwebe said that during a patrol with police in the informal settlement of Marikana neighbourhood in Philippi, they noticed an e-hailing driver drop a customer, reports Head Topics.
“We have in the past, together with the station commander, asked drivers of the service to first pass to the police station before going into some areas. This was ignored by many and they continue going into these dangerous areas.”
“The driver told us that if he gets hijacked, he will be paid a lump sum. He was not bothered and he did not tell us which e-hailing service was he from.”
However, according to the Bharat Express News, Qwebe confirmed that not all drivers would risk their lives just for a payout, but that it remained a concern that a driver would even consider such a thing.
“Nyanga is a high crime spot area and the recent statistics revealed that most hijackings happen here. In most hijackings, drivers are not killed. They get their belongings stolen and maybe the car too.”
A driver, named Peter said the accusations were not the entire truth and that drivers who are doing this do not own the vehicles that they are driving.
“Look, all the e-hailing services take out insurance for drivers in case something happens to them. I have heard stories about drivers doing that (going to hot-spot areas on purpose) but it is not all of us. It is too much of a risk because you can be killed during the hijacking.”
The Weekend Argus approached three e-hailing services, Uber, Bolt and DiDi who all confirmed that they take insurance for their drivers which covers them on trips, but the services were not aware that their drivers could possibly be defrauding them.
“As part of our commitment to safety, we have partnered with AIG Insurance to provide drivers, riders and delivery people with protection under this programme. The Partner Injury Protection is there to assist with emergency medical treatment expenses and other costs. They are covered from the moment they accept a trip or delivery request while driving to pick up a rider or on the way to a restaurant, and until the trip ends,” said Uber spokesperson.
Uber also partnered with Road Cover, which provides Uber users with free legal assistance and representation for the claims submitted to the Road Accident Fund.
Gareth Taylor, regional manager for Bolt SA, said they offer Bolt Trip Protection at no cost, a value-added insurance product that covers drivers and passengers in the case of an accident or unexpected incident from the time a driver accepts a trip until the trip ends.
“Underwritten by Oaksure Financial Services, Bolt Trip Protection includes cover up to R50 000 for unexpected injuries, emergency medical expenses, hospital stays, and trauma counselling for up to six weeks after the incident. It also has the extra benefits of cover for loss of personal belongings up to R2500, as determined by the rules of the policy, cover for permanent disability caused by an accident up to R50 000, as determined by the rules of the policy, and cover for accidental death up to R50 000, as determined by the rules of the policy.”
Carina Smith-Allin of DiDi said in case of a hijacking or other safety incidents, DiDi has insurance that enables it to provide further support to drivers and passengers.
“DiDi applies a multifaceted safety strategy which includes leveraging safety preventative measures to designated areas where trips should not be possible due to safety considerations. Purposeful risky behaviour to defraud the support that DiDi provides will need to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.”