07/27/2015 18:22 EDT | Updated 07/27/2016 01:12 EDT

Alberta government warns consumers about ride-sharing services such as Uber

EDMONTON — The Alberta government says people are taking a risk if they use ride-sharing services such as Uber.

The office of the Superintendent of Insurance says Albertans who use such services may not have access to coverage and accident benefits under Alberta law.

The office says drivers may believe they are covered by Uber's supplemental insurance in the province, but that isn't the case.

The government says passengers who want to use Uber and other ride-sharing services should always ask the driver for proof of insurance coverage.

Uber and other services offer passengers rides through online apps.

The government says it has formed a committee to develop rules for ride-for-hire companies in Alberta that will focus on public safety and consumer protection.

"The safety of Albertans is paramount," the government said Monday in a release.

"The office of the Superintendent of Insurance will continue to work with Uber on finding ways for the ride-sharing service to safely and legally operate in this province."   


The Canadian Press