Alistair Kinley comments - Brokers call for 'low-level' compulsory cover as e-scooter trials begin

01 Jul 2020

With the UK government ready to introduce e-scooters on the roads from this weekend as part of trials, the British Insurance Brokers’ Association has called for the development of a “low-level minimal insurance requirement."

BLM's Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Alistair Kinley has spoken to Insurance Post on the upcoming trials and said,

"It’s clear that the DFT intends to classify e-scooters as motor vehicles and so require full compulsory motor insurance cover for these trials. Individual hirers won’t need policies, but instead the rental provider - the e-scooter firm - will take out the necessary cover for any authorised user/hirer of the scooters within the time-limits and local geographic areas of the trial.

"This means that anyone injured by negligent riding of a properly hired scooter would be covered to the same extent as had they been hit by a car or motorbike and that the Motor Insurers’ Bureau could be required to step in and pay claims arising from uninsured riding."

To read the full article on Insurance Post please click here.



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