Electric Scooters: Accidents

Department for Transport written question – answered on 15th July 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Clark of Calton Baroness Clark of Calton Judge

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that people, including pedestrians, are protected from the risk of negligent injury and death caused by users of hired e-scooters in the e-scooter rental trials; and whether any such plans include (1) requiring compulsory insurance by users of hired e-scooters; (2) establishing a Government-funded compensation scheme for those without access to insurance; and (3) ensuring that victims have such protection for the full duration of the trial period.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

E-scooters used in trials will be subject to the same requirements as other motor vehicles and require a minimum of third party motor insurance. The trials are only for rental e-scooters and insurance will be provided by the rental operator, not the individual user. Trials will only be authorised where these insurance requirements are met.

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