I was contacted by the owner of BIPSOS who wanted us to sign up to the scheme and we declined. http://bipsosbike.com/index.html
BIPSOS put a law firm in touch with a bike dealer. The dealer fits the unit at no cost, but in the event that a crash occurs and the rider is injured, then the claim becomes the ownership (for want of a better word) of that law firm. It is done with the agreement of the rider and it means that once the unit is installed in the first instance, the rider cannot decide to take his/her claim elsewhere. However once the case is up and running if you are unhappy with the way your case is being handled, you can then transfer it to another law firm in te same way as you do now.
Cases still continue to be funded by way of a no win no fee or legal expenses insurance as they are now.
In return, the Law firm has to agree to use the medical experts provided by BIPSOS, a firm called Mobile Doctors who to be honest we have used in the past and provided such a poor service, it is the main reason why we chose not to go down this route with BIPSOS. If the law firm agree to using their medical experts, then they have to agree to instruct them in a minimum of 10 cases and if that is agreed, the units are supplied to the dealer and the rider free of charge.
If the rider chooses not to link up with a law firm or the law firm is not prepared to use the medical experts provided by BIPSOS then there is a cost of £110 per unit.
The way it works is that the unit senses when the bike has gone over and sends out a message to the call centre. It registers the location of where the bike has gone down, and if the call centre cannot get a reply on the registered mobile phone number then the emergency services are then called and asked to attend the last recorded location.
It does not record speed or anything like that, simply the fact that the bike has gone down and the location.
The principal is sound, it is the link up with their experts which put us off, and to make it worthwhile for us, we would have to invest in probably 200 units per year, and sods law would probably dictate that we would pick the 200 who never have a crash.
It is a bit more complicated but that is a general outline of how it works.