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

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

ELECTRIC scooter riders should be covered by insurance• Страхование to prevent victims
being hit with "millions of pounds in damages" in the event of an accident• Страхование » Несчастный случай.

By Luke Chillingsworth

PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 12:01, Sun, Nov 22, 2020

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Experts say the need for a legislative insurance• Страхование 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.



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Dan Herman, Personal Injury Partner at Stewarts Law said: "These new forms of
transport bring both benefits and risks.

“The public needs to ensure they are familiar with where and when
e-scooters can be used.

“It’s also important that they know whether and to what extent
insurance• Страхование is in place; if an e-scooter user collides with a pedestrian and
causes serious injury, they could potentially find themselves liable to pay
millions of pounds in damages.

“Conversely, e-scooter riders will themselves be vulnerable road users.

READ MORE: Electric scooters have 'serious safety issues', say experts

Experts have called for insurance• Страхование to be made compulsory for electric scooter
riders (Image: Getty)

The government are yet ti decide a long term strategy for e-scooter insurance• Страхование
(Image: Getty)

“Sadly, we saw the number of cyclists killed on UK roads double during

“Although not compulsory, e-scooter riders should, at the very least,
wear a cycling helmet.”

E-scooter riders must have an insurance policy• Страхование » Договор страхования in place under the trial
schemes, with this likely covered by the company operating the scooters.

However, the long term strategy for electric scooter insurance• Страхование has yet to be
determined by the government.


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

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

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.


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They say this can go hand-in hand with insurance• Страхование so that a registered owner is
traceable in the event of a collision.

Mr Herman said: "It seems clear that our roads will change significantly in
the coming decade with the advent of autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles,
e-scooters and e-bikes.

“The law is moving with the times and the government has passed
legislation to cover new types of vehicles.

“What remains to be seen is whether these laws are sufficient and
whether there are gaps that need to be filled."

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London is set to formally launch e-scooter trials in the Spring (Image: Getty)

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

This is because rehabilitation is typically funded through the insurance• Страхование 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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