Professional drivers who are members of Unite can benefit
from a unique service to support them at work -
For all professional drivers an accident, illness or injury
could mean the permanent loss of their licence. And no licence
means no job.
While all Unite members are entitled to a wide range of
services at work and support in personal matters too, Unite’s
DriverCare scheme - first introduced in 1997 - offers compensation
for the permanent loss of a licence and extra benefits, including
accident and assault cover, all for a small sum on top of the
standard Unite membership contribution. Ordinary licence users and
conductors and conductresses can also benefit from this scheme, as
can members over 60 years old.
If you're not a Unite member but think you might benefit from
the DriverCare scheme, join Unite now. For
existing members wishing to benefit from DriverCare, contact your
For only 80p a week extra on top of the standard Unite
membership contribution drivers and their families can benefit from
- £7,000 cover following loss of licence due to injury,
disability, illness, poor eyesight or assault.
- £5,000 for death or permanent disability following an accident
- £1,000 following an assault at work.
- Financial support for legal costs incurred while working as a
- Help with legal costs and consequential hardship following
being charged with certain traffic offences.
Members over the age of 60 enjoy increased personal accident cover
of £30,000 and assault cover of £3,000 in place of loss of licence
benefit: full details of benefits are available from DriverCare categories which also
describes the special arrangements available for drivers using an
'ordinary' licence, for bus conductors and for those over 60 years
Members can exclusively take out top-up cover for loss of
licence with additional cover of up to £15,000: contact your
regional office for more details of top-up
A number of conditions apply when
seeking DriverCare cover following loss of licence, details of
which can be found elsewhere on this website. More details can also
be found from local representatives or Unite regional offices.
Republic of Ireland
Drivers in the Republic of Ireland should contact their local
representative or regional offices for
details of the DriverCare financial cover and membership fee in
More help for transport workers
Unite’s DriverCare scheme offers qualifying members extra help
should an accident, assault or loss of licence affect their ability
to work. But that isn't all that Unite does for drivers. In
addition it campaigns for better pay, conditions, training and
more. Find out further information from Unite’s Passenger Transport sector.
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