Vero Voice Blog
By Richard Godman
Manager Technical Underwriting, Consumer Insurance
One of the things we’re looking at here at Vero is how our customers’ needs will change in the future, and what changes we might need to make to the products and services we offer.
App-based services like Onzo bikes and Lime allow users to rent bikes or e-scooters for anywhere from a few minutes to hours or days. They’re great for giving Kiwis new, clean transport options, without requiring them to invest in purchasing, maintaining and insuring their own bike or e-scooter or pay rising fuel costs.
Vero Contents insurance customers are still covered
In New Zealand, anyone using a bike or a scooter (or their e-versions) could be liable under various laws if they injure another person or damage someone else’s property.
Traditionally, Kiwis with a bike or scooter would insure it with a Contents insurance policy, which also covers their liability if they accidentally cause damage or injury while using it.
Luckily, we sometimes find times when our traditional insurance products will meet our customers’ needs in completely new ways – and bike and e-scooter* rentals are one of those times.
If you're not a Vero customer and you use shared bikes or scooters, check whether you're covered
If you’re using a bike or e-scooter rental service, keep in mind that you could be held liable if you accidentally damage something or injure someone while you’re using it.
That means you could be asked to pay for repairs or required by the Court to pay damages.
If you want cover for your liability and you don’t have a Vero Contents insurance policy, it’s a good idea to chat to your insurance broker about what policies you have and whether they cover you, or whether you need a new type of cover for using shared transport options.
* Motorised scooters (the kind that need a helmet and a license) are covered by vehicle insurance policies.
The information in this article has been compiled from various sources and is intended to be factual information only. Full details of policy terms and conditions are available from Vero Insurance New Zealand Limited or your financial adviser. For advice on product suitability, please contact your financial adviser. While we take reasonable steps to ensure that the information contained in this article is accurate and up-to-date, it is subject to change without notice. Vero Insurance New Zealand and its related companies does/do not accept any responsibility or liability in connection with your use of or reliance on this article.