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28th February 2017

Could you do more to prevent crash for cash claims?

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed measures to cap whiplash pay-outs, as part of a drive to clamp down on the compensation culture.

The Government is introducing the measures through provisions in the Prisons and Courts Bill, which follows a consultation period announced last autumn. The measures include new fixed tariffs capping whiplash compensation pay-outs as well as a ban on claims without medical evidence. The reforms are expected to be implemented in full on 1st October 2018.

Following feedback gained during the consultation, the Government is also looking to increase the small claims limit for road traffic accident-related personal injury claims to £5,000, which will be introduced through secondary legislative procedures.

James Dalton, director of general insurance policy, Association of British Insurers, welcomed the news, saying: “The reforms to whiplash claims set out in the Bill cannot come soon enough. For far too long claimant lawyers have been defending a system riddled with exaggerated and fraudulent claims because they have been profiting handsomely from it. The gravy train must stop.

“Motorists know that the UK’s roads have been getting ever safer, so why have whiplash style claims been rising? People want an insurance claims system that provides compensation and support to those who genuinely need it. What they don’t want is to be plagued by spam calls and texts from ambulance chasers, whilst personal injury lawyers continue to profit from a broken system in urgent need of reform.”

How Trakm8 Can Help

Dashboard cameras, also known as dash cams, record footage that is admissible as evidence in court. This helps to protect fleets from bogus crash-for-cash claims. Trakm8’s RoadHawk range of dash cams offer competitively-priced protection and peace of mind. They record continuously, but create and save an Event file for any instance of a collision or near-miss. Event files can be saved by drivers pressing the ‘event’ button on the device or can be automatically triggered when the inbuilt accelerometer detects a sudden jolt or impact. In this way, RoadHawk dash cams provides accurate video footage as well as data on vehicle speed, and the precise time and location of the collision.

With zero maintenance once installed, and no subscription fees, these cameras offer a great return on investment. They also come with a two-year warranty and access to our UK-based customer support team.

Find out more about our range of dashboard cameras here: RoadHawk Dashboard Cameras

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