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Australian lawyers call for e-scooter safety and insurance refinement

The ALA advocates for a comprehensive review of insurance and regulation for e-scooters to establish a system ensuring all riders.

E-scooters, a popular mode of transport, face regulatory and insurance challenges, warns the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA). 

Current insurance requirements may leave injured parties uncompensated and e-scooter riders financially exposed. 

The ALA advocates for a comprehensive review of insurance and regulation for e-scooters to establish a system ensuring all riders, whether owners or renters have adequate coverage nationwide.

While some e-scooter riders are partially covered, the existing coverage is inconsistent and lacks public awareness. 

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The ALA stresses the need to address the rising incidents of e-scooter accidents in Australia. Present insurance options, including coverage by commercial hire companies, are deemed unsatisfactory due to limitations and exclusions.

The ALA recommends state and territory governments enhance insurance coverage requirements, strengthen legislation, and improve awareness among e-scooter users. 

A crucial initial step involves mandating commercial e-scooter hire companies to provide comprehensive insurance covering riders and the general public. 

Additionally, private e-scooter owners should have the option to purchase their insurance, especially for use on public roads where current market offerings are lacking.


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