E-scooter companies "should foot" the bill of injuries

Author
Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Wed, 29 Jan 2020, 9:39AM
Lime scooter. (Photo / Getty)

E-scooter companies "should foot" the bill of injuries

Author
Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Wed, 29 Jan 2020, 9:39AM

Kate Hawkesby is joined by Auckland University associate professor of health Dr. Colleen Bergin, who believes e-scooter companies should contribute to the costs of e-scooter related injuries.

In 14 months ACC has spent $5.3 million of e-scooter injury claims.

But Bergin says those figures are conservative.

She says it is nearly double when you include hospital admissions and long-term effects of some injuries.

On average, there are 200 e-scooter injury claims with ACC per month, costing half a million dollars.

Bergin says the long-term physical costs to young people including head injuries are greater than money.