Lobby group Access to Justice (A2J) has responded to the Government's planned whiplash reforms, claiming that the insurance industry misled it over the need for reforms.
If they're right it's a sad indictment of the insurance industry which the campaign group claims was more concerned to protect falling investment income than protect the rights of its customers.
What's more, it would seem that this whole exercise of consultation and drafting reforms would be unnecessary, should the industry pull together and share data efficiently, especially when it comes to fraud!
In his Autumn Statement in November 2015, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne unveiled plans to treat minor soft-tissue injuries such as whiplash rather than pay cash compensation and transfer claims of up to £5,000 to the small claims court. Previously only claims with a value of up to £1,000 could be handled by the small claims court. The proposed reforms were welcomed by insurers. A2J chair and managing director of Ralli Solicitors Martin Coyne said: “The government is being hoodwinked by the insurance industry, which has persuaded ministers, against all the evidence and past experience, that these reforms will bring down premiums.