MOJ confirms RTA and whiplash reforms delayed to April 2020
The MOJ has confirmed it is delaying the implementation of its proposed changes to how claims to whiplash and RTA claims are dealt with.
The proposed reforms involve a tariff for fixed and much-reduced damages for RTA claims, alongside a new £5,000 small claims limit.
Both are likely to result in litigants having to handle their own claims as they will be unable to secure representation.
The MoJ says: 'There will need to be extensive user testing in order to ensure that the system is easy to use for all user groups and that the guidance is clear. We agree with the committee and our stakeholders that it is crucial that these reforms and the implementation of the online platform is done right rather than quickly.’
The MoJ states it will constantly assess and scrutinise the performance of the new portal, improving guidance in order to support claimants and defendants.
While acquiescing to MPs' call for a delay to the reforms, there is little indication of agreeing to watering down the substance of the bill.
This is good news for potential litigants who still have the opportunity to use professionals in the knowledge that they will be able to recover their costs.
We at Alker Ball Healds are specialists in personal injury claims and this delay gives claimants the extended opportunity to still bring claims under the current system. If you do wish to speak with an experienced member of our team, contact us on 01942 246 241.
Personal Injury Team