Government announces whiplash fraud crackdown | Motoring Issues - Car News Oct 2013

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09:56 Wednesday 23 Oct 2013

The government has announced a package of measures aimed at bringing down the cost of motoring, including a crackdown on whiplash fraudsters.

Minsters believe that tightening the rules on whiplash claims will help to drive the cost of motor insurance down. According to the Association of British Insurers, whiplash claims cost British motorists £2bn a year, pushing the price of the average premium up by £90.

From now on, independent medical panels will be set up to identify fraudulent claims for whiplash and only evidence from accredited officials will be considered when whiplash claims are assessed.

"We are turning the tide on the compensation culture and helping hardworking people by tackling high insurance premiums and other motoring costs," said Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary.

"It's not right that people who cheat the insurance system get away with it while forcing up the price for everyone else -- so we are now going after whiplash fraudsters and will keep on driving premiums down."

In addition to this, the government also plans to freeze the price of an MOT at £54.85 until 2015 and there are plans to introduce fuel price comparison signs on major roads to help drivers avoid paying the inflated fuel prices commonly found at motorway service stations.

Roads minister Robert Goodwill said: "The costs of owning and running a car are felt by millions of households and businesses across the nation. The government is determined to help keep those costs down."

 


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