London-based insurtech Zego has partnered with e-scooter company, Ginger, to provide insurance for the Tees Valley e-scooter trial.
Ginger has deployed an initial 100 scooters as part of the trial, with an expected 300 scooters by August.
Zego’s policy covers all units and is fully integrated into Ginger’s sign-up process to ensure that users have the Government’s required third-party liability insurance.
Zego also supplies additional personal accident cover which automatically switches on and off as the rider uses the vehicle. Ginger is absorbing the price of the insurance so that no extra cost is passed onto its riders.
Sten Saar, CEO and co-founder of Zego, said: “These schemes offer huge potential and will play a key role in helping cities get moving again in a safe and sustainable way.
“We want to support the growth of this industry across the UK by creating adaptable insurance models to suit the needs of e-scooter fleets, riders and local cities.
“For this form of transport to be widely adopted and welcomed by all, it’s essential that e-scooters come with the right insurance without causing inconvenience for riders.”
Earlier this month, the Government announced the legalisation of shared e-scooter schemes in the UK as part of a 12-month trial period.
Teesside was the first trial to go live, as a number of other cities and counties have now opened their tender processes and are expected to roll out their own trials in the coming weeks and months.
This includes, West Midlands, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Slough Borough, Nottingham & Derby, Liverpool, York and Bristol.
Once submissions for tenders have been submitted, the cities will announce who their preferred partner is for the trial.