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Insurance giant issues warning for E-scooter users

Business / Sun 27th Jun 2021 at 07:43am

Insurance giant issues warning for E-scooter users

  • Analysis of Admiral data reveals a rise in E-scooter claims this year
  • E-scooter trials currently in place in more than 30 locations across England
  • Admiral predicts accidents involving E-scooters and cars will increase this year

Adam Gavin, Deputy Head of Claims, from Admiral said: “With E-scooter trials now taking place in more than 30 locations1 across England, there’s no doubt they’re going to become even more popular on our roads as they offer a cheap, easy and environmentally friendly way for people to get around. 

“However, with the rise in the number of people using E-scooters comes an increase in risk for all road users, including motorists who have an additional hazard to look out for. So far this year, Admiral has seen a spike in the number of accidents reported to us involving E-scooter riders, with 52 registered to date. Although this may not sound like a lot, it’s a big difference compared to the start of last year where there were just 13 accidents reported to us in totalfrom January to June 2020. Our data shows there is a definite trend in the number of accidents involving drivers and E-scooter riders, and we believe the number of accidents will continue to rise.

“As the world of transport is evolving, it’s important all road users understand the current rules in place for using E-scooters to avoid being hit with hefty fines, penalty points or even having the device seized3. The rules currently state that anyone who owns a private E-scooter cannot ride on public roads, pavements or cycle lanes. As it’s illegal to do so, if caught, riders could be given an on-the-spot fine. In fact, only permitted rental E-scooters are allowed to be used in certain English towns and cities taking part in the trials across the UK1. These scooters have a top speed limit of 15 mph and riders must only use them  on the road and cycle lanes or again, risk being handed a fixed penalty notice.

“There have been several reports in the media about E-scooter riders being involved in accidents with both motorists and pedestrians and we’ve certainly seen more incidents reported to us this year. We think this could just be the tip of the iceberg as many cases go unreported and as more people use E-scooters and roads get busier we believe the number of accidents will increase.

“When lockdown restrictions ease across the UK and people start commuting once again, we want to remind all road users to be more alert to try and prevent serious accidents. Motorists need to be aware of the additional E-scooter traffic and be extra vigilant, while anyone looking to hire the devices need to keep themselves and others safe. Before taking an E-scooter out for a spin remember to wear a helmet, make sure you have a valid provisional driving licence4 and double check the rental E-scooter operator has the correct insurance so that you know you’re protected in case of an accident.”

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