Business Traveler Use Of E-Scooters Raises Risk Management Questions

Electric scooters had something of a corporate travel coming out party at the GBTA convention last summer in San Diego. They seemed to be everywhere. More than a few delegates said they tried one for the first time. At least a couple admitted to causing a mishap or getting caught up in one. As scooter rentals through companies like Bird and Lime grew, Certify this spring for the first time included them in its quarterly corporate expense management review. Once again, it may be time to update those travel risk policies.

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Author: David Jonas

David Jonas in 2006 co-founded business media firm ProMedia.travel after ten years as a journalist with Business Travel News. David rejoined BTN in 2010 as executive editor when its parent company acquired ProMedia, and in 2014 co-created The Company Dime. David has a bachelor's degree in communications from Cornell University.

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Sean Parham
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Sean Parham

Being based in Santa Monica/Venice (home of Bird), scooters have been an issue for a couple of years now. Last year we added e-scooters to the list of items that could not be expensed based on risk and liability.

Mark Stewart
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Mark Stewart

Sean, was that due to taking a reasonable approach or to reduce the risk of insurance liability?

Sean Parham
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Sean Parham

Risk of liability drove this policy change.