"We have the weakest necks in Europe" reported quote by Amanda Blanc CEO Axa in Sunday Times May 21st referring to Britain's reputation as the whiplash capital of Europe.
The number of personal injury lawyers increased by 35,000 over past five to six years and whiplash already adds £70-£90 to every car policy.
Recent proposals by the MOJ and Government may well just push up the value of claims to exploit weaknesses in detecting and reducing fraud
That just lets the fraudsters stay one step ahead instead of being one step behind those that adopt proven fraud detection solutions
Quite what these will entail for Part 5 on the whiplash reforms remains to be seen, but some Conservative MPs on the Bill Committee expressed some strong opinions and these may give us a clue. The Bill’s interruption may also mean that the government has time to introduce a new regime for the Discount Rate, using an available legislative vehicle whilst it has the chance. At least that is clearly the hope of the ABI in welcoming the delay to the Bill.