Whiplash Reforms Look Set for April 2019

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13 March, 2018

It has been reported by the Motor Accidents Solicitors' Society that Ministry of Justice officials have confirmed that the government will implement the proposed reforms to the RTA system from April 2019, with personal injury reforms to be introduced at a later date.

It is understood that the news was confirmed at a meeting of MoJ officials and the strategic alliance of MASS, the Law Society and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers but there has been no official statement from the government. Simon Stanfield, chair of MASS, said 'If parliament approves the plans and they do proceed, there are still huge questions about how it would be implemented, operated and how the worst consequences can be limited. There is an enormous amount for the government to sort out if it is to hit its April 2019 target date.'

The proposed reforms include:

  • a tariff system for soft tissue damages;
  • a new £5000 small claims limit for RTA claims.

The reforms are currently being considered by the House of Commons justice committee which is due to report shortly. We will of course report further when the implementation date is confirmed by the Government.

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