E-scooter operator Bolt is now offering insurance for riders included in the price of their shared schemes.
Partnering with insurer Allianz Partners for the next three years, Bolt will automatically provide scooter riders with two types of insurance as part of the rental fee – personal accident insurance and rider general liability insurance.
This now means that Bolt scooter riders are insured for severe injuries they sustain and for damages they may cause to third parties while riding the machines.
Bolt’s insurance scheme is already in place in Norway, Portugal and Sweden, but will now be rolled out in all 26 European countries where Bolt operates.
Director of rentals at Bolt, Dmitri Pivovarov said: “At Bolt we are dedicated to making sure our scooters are as safe as possible and we are currently working on several safety features for both scooter riders and pedestrians around them. However, unfortunately, accidents still happen. This is where the partnership with Allianz Partners helps us provide the safety net that scooter users need in the busy urban environments where they use our products.”
Bolt currently operates in 45 countries and more than 300 cities across Europe and Africa, racking up 75 million customers.
In the UK, Bolt shared scooter schemes are being trailed in 15 cities, including Bath and Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.
Head of new mobility for global strategic partnerships at Allianz Partners, Michael Maicher, said: “As Allianz has been at the forefront of being an important enabler for the future of urban and new mobility, we are extremely proud to strengthen and extend our partnership with one of the fastest-growing mobility platform companies in Europe
“Not only are we excited to grow the future of transportation together with Bolt, but we are also looking forward to extending our Allianz micro-mobility insurance offering to new markets like Estonia, Lithuania and Malta.”