Electric scooter victims may need to pay ‘millions’ in damages due to insurance concerns

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Experts say the need for a legislative insurance regime is “significant” to protect riders and anyone involved in any accidents with the new tools. Just days ago, Transport for London (TfL) announced an electric scooter trial will begin in Spring 2021 with up to three firms offering their services.

Back in October, the Transport Committee said the Government should simply monitor the number of collisions during the trials to determine any future requirements.

Many European cities who have already legalised electric scooters do require riders to have insurance in place as a way to track who was using the device in the event of an accident.

But a report by the Transport Committee shockingly found that users should not be required to have a driving licence for rental or private use once the scheme is legalised.

Stewarts Law says that if e-scooters become more widely available then a registration service should be required.

A survey conducted by the Major Trauma Group has found that seven out of ten people are calling for e-scooter insurance to be made mandatory.

This is because rehabilitation is typically funded through the insurance of the guilty party meaning thousands of victims could be left to independently pay out for damages if they were hit by an uninsured e-scooter.

They warned that e-scooters had “serious safety issues” due to a range of issues such as lack of a competency test to having no compulsory rules on helmets.

Mr Herman added that e-scooters were likely to “prove popular” among cities when the tools were legalised.

He said: “Over the last six months, Transport for London has reported record numbers of people cycling in the capital.

“Last weekend the number of people using bicycles was up almost 300 percent at high flow sites.

“With the introduction of e-scooters to UK streets, even more people will be able to move around cities without the need to take public transport.

“This is clearly an option that is likely to prove popular, particularly during the current pandemic.”



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