The Uber app displays cars available to make a pickup. Farmers is now offering an endorsement for ridesharing drivers in California. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones approved a new coverage option designed to address gaps in insurance coverage for drivers who work for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The new product, approved last week, is offered by Farmers Insurance Group and is called “Rideshare Endorsement” and is availble to all TNC (or rideshare company) drivers, regardless of which comapny they work for, for an 8% policy surcharge. The coverage allows rideshare drivers to extend their existing Farmers auto insurance to cover the period between when a driver is signed into a rideshare app and when they are matched with a passenger for pickup (known as “period one” in California law).

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