MPs urged to remove cyclists and pedestrians from personal injury reforms

29 March 2018

MPs are being asked to sign a Parliamentary Motion calling on the government to remove vulnerable road users (VRUs) from the measures set out in the proposed reforms to personal injury, including the recently published Civil Liability Bill.

The Motion, tabled by Catherine West, Labour MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, argues that pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horseriders should not be swept up by measures that are designed to curb whiplash claims.

Catherine West MP said: “I want to see ministers apply common sense when it comes to law making. Cyclists and other VRUs, including children, should be protected on our roads, not punished by the government if they are unfortunate enough to have a non-fault accident. I hope MPs on all sides will show their support and sign the Motion.”

Access to Justice (A2J) spokesperson Andrew Twambley said: “We never see VRUs claiming for whiplash because they never sustain these types of injuries in accidents on our roads. Neither is there any evidence that these groups submit fraudulent or frivolous claims, so it is baffling that ministers want to penalise them.”

Mr Twambley explained that under the measures, people making RTA personal injury claims worth up to £5,000 would typically be unable to recoup the cost of any legal advice.

Mr Twambley added: “As well as MPs, I would hope the insurance industry will agree there is merit in ensuring pedestrians, cyclists and other VRUs will retain the legal protection and access to justice they receive under the current arrangements.”

The motion reads:

“That this House notes the Government’s publication of the Civil Liability Bill; supports Ministers’ intention to reduce fraudulent and frivolous claims; expresses concern that vulnerable road users (VRUs), including cyclists, pedestrians, horse riders and motorcyclists, will be swept up within the scope of the Bill and the broader personal injury reform package, despite there being no evidence that non-fault road traffic accident injuries suffered by VRUs include whiplash; further notes that almost all whiplash claims are made by drivers or passengers of motor vehicles; believes that VRUs deserve the Government’s protection, as opposed to removing their rights to redress for injuries under Tort; acknowledges that under these reforms, VRUs suffering injuries below £5,000 in value will be unable to access a lawyer should they wish to pursue their rights of redress in the Courts; and urges the Government to take a pragmatic approach and remove VRUs from the scope of the reforms to ensure they remain protected on our roads.”

About Access to Justice

A2J represents the interests of the public and is supported by the broader personal injury (PI) sector. Its prime focus is to respond to the government’s proposed road traffic accident compensation reforms.

A2J provides a cohesive voice to fight these proposed draconian measures; it will work with the government and other interested parties to create sensible, balanced alternatives which protect individuals’ rights, while addressing the government’s concerns, particularly in relation to claims fraud.

For more information please contact: Ben Welsh 07568 382040