The government has suggested that new whiplash rules could save drivers £35 a year on their car insurance policies…
New Whiplash Rules
According to the government, motorists can save an average of £35 a year because of new whiplash rules. The rules are designed to clamp down on the number of fraudulent accident claims. Moving forward, it’ll be possible to make accident claims online that are less than £5,000 without needing lawyers. In addition, medical evidence will be mandatory for all whiplash claims.
According to the Ministry of Justice, insurance providers have pledged to pass on the savings to their customers. These, it’s thought, will amount to a combined £1.2 billion. Per driver, that equates to around £35 saved each year.
Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland, summarised the new rules and denounced ‘greedy opportunism’. He said, “for too long, the system for making whiplash claims has been open to abuse by individuals looking for an easy payday – with ordinary motorists paying the price”. He added, “our changes, which come into force today, will put an end to this greedy opportunism and ultimately see savings put back into the pockets of the country’s drivers”.
Not everyone’s happy though. Accident management company Call Brian has suggested that the reforms are needlessly complicated. Colin Shaw, the CEO of the firm, said “firstly, Brits are expected to fork out for costly legal fees if they want to add any kind of professional legal weight to their claims, then you’re expecting them to become theoretical and medical experts just to get the compensation they deserve”.
He continued, “even then, there’s no guarantee of winning, so everyone, not just motorists, will be left out of pocket under this new system. I just can’t see how it’s going to work at all and feel it will become a real health and financial headache for already stress-induced Brits battling the effects of the pandemic”.
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