The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is calling on the Government to get on and publish its consultation on the UK’s whiplash epidemic.
Earlier this year, ministers agreed to consult on proposals to increase the small claims track limit for personal injury claims and introduce more independent medical experts to assess whiplash claims.
According to the ABI, nothing has been forthcoming to date and for every week of delay in implementing the changes, over 10,000 whiplash claims are made, leading to unnecessarily high motor premiums.
Despite safer roads, whiplash claims have risen by over a quarter in the UK in the last four years – in 2011, there were over 550,000 claims for whiplash injuries, costing insurers £2 billion in total.
The ABI’s head of motor insurance, James Dalton, comments: “When it comes to whiplash, the Ministry of Justice have had their foot on the brake for too long and it is time to get on with consulting if we are to help genuine whiplash claimants and drive the whiplash cheats from our roads.”