Justice minister uncompromising on whiplash reforms and says more fixed costs are on the way – Legal Futures

Posted April 18th, 2018 in costs, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘Justice minister Lord Keen today set the stage for next week’s House of Lords debate on the Civil Liability Bill with an uncompromising message that there are “too many unmeritorious whiplash claims made each year which proceed without challenge or investigation”.’

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Legal Futures, 17th April 2018

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Police error meant ‘speeding’ motorists paid fines but never exceeded the limit – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 10th, 2018 in drafting, fines, mistake, news, police, regulations, road traffic, speed cameras by tracey

‘A police force has admitted it has wrongly fined ‘speeding’ motorists after a clerical error meant the speed limit was never officially lowered. Avon and Somerset Police face having to cancel hundreds of tickets after a motorist successfully overturned his fine.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th April 2018

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Justice Secretary unveils new bill to cut car insurance premiums – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 21st, 2018 in bills, compensation, insurance, personal injuries, press releases, road traffic by tracey

‘Justice Secretary David Gauke today (20 March 2018) unveiled the Civil Liability Bill, offering hope of lower insurance premiums to millions of motorists.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th March 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Insurers and claimant lawyers clash over impact of Civil Liability Bill on motor premiums – Legal Futures

Posted March 21st, 2018 in bills, compensation, insurance, news, personal injuries, road traffic by tracey

‘Publication of the Civil Liability Bill yesterday met with a polarised response and a commitment from the chief executives of 26 leading insurance companies to pass on the savings to customers – dismissed as empty promises by claimant solicitors.’

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Legal Futures, 21st March 2018

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UK drivers to save £35 after new curbs on whiplash claims – The Guardian

Posted March 21st, 2018 in bills, compensation, insurance, news, personal injuries, road traffic by tracey

‘Car insurance premiums are to fall by £35 a year after the government announced measures to curb the high number of whiplash claims that currently cost UK drivers over £1bn a year. The justice secretary, David Gauke, unveiled plans to introduce the civil liability bill through the House of Lords, which will set out changes to the way that whiplash claims are calculated and paid.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2018

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Uncertainty Around The Proposed Personal Injury Reforms Continues… – Zenith Chambers

Posted March 16th, 2018 in accidents, bills, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by sally

‘Personal injury lawyers have been aware of the government’s plans to reform how personal injury claims are dealt with for some time. Originally, the new proposals were to come into force in October 2018. However, as a result of the General Election in 2017, the Prisons and Courts Bill did not progress.’

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Zenith Chambers, 6th March 2018

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Officials confirm April 2019 for RTA claim reforms – Law Society Gazette

Posted February 14th, 2018 in accidents, news, personal injuries, road traffic by michael

“Ministry of Justice officials have confirmed to personal injury lawyers that key reforms affecting the sector will be implemented next year.”

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Law Society Gazette, 12th November 2018

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The countdown begins: Whiplash reforms to be introduced in April 2019 – Legal Futures

Posted February 13th, 2018 in insurance, news, personal injuries, road traffic by sally

‘The government plans to introduce its whiplash reforms in April 2019, it emerged today [12 February].’

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Legal Futures, 12th February 2018

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Lorry driver who killed father-of-two in crash when he had a coughing fit at the wheel escapes prosecution – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 25th, 2018 in accidents, news, prosecutions, road traffic by tracey

‘A lorry driver who killed a father-of-two when he had a coughing fit at the wheel has escaped prosecution.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th January 2018

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Laser pen offenders face five years in jail and unlimited fines under new laws – The Independent

Posted December 21st, 2017 in aircraft, bills, fines, health & safety, news, road traffic, sentencing, ships, transport by tracey

‘People who shine lasers at air, ground and sea vehicles could be jailed for up to five years under new laws. Offenders also face unlimited fines as part of Department for Transport (DfT) measures to boost safety.’

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The Independent, 20th December 2017

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Self-parking cars to be legalised in UK – BBC News

Posted December 20th, 2017 in consultations, news, parking, road traffic, telecommunications by sally

‘The UK government wants to modify its ban on using mobile phones behind the wheel to allow drivers to use automatic parking devices.’

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BBC News, 19th December 2017

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Regional costs judge applies fixed costs to RTA claim that settled for £350k – Litigation Futures

Posted December 14th, 2017 in accidents, civil procedure rules, costs, news, road traffic by sally

‘A road traffic claim that settled pre-issue for £350,000 was subject to fixed recoverable costs (FRC) because it began in the portal, even though it was later removed because of its value, a regional costs judge has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th December 2017

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Inadequate inquest following a police chase quashed after almost 20 years – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 13th, 2017 in accidents, inquests, news, police, road traffic by sally

‘On 5th December 2017, the Divisional Court gave judgment in Power v HM Senior Coroner for Inner London [2017] EWHC 3117 (Admin), directing that an inquest held in 1998 into a road traffic accident following a police chase had been insufficient and a fresh inquest needed to be held.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th December 2017

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UK government sued for third time over deadly air pollution – The Guardian

‘The UK government is being sued for a third time over the widespread illegal levels of air pollution, which cause 40,000 early deaths every year.’

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The Guardian, 7th November 2017

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Self-driving cars and “safety-critical” software updates – Technology Law Blog

‘As noted previously, the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill currently under consideration by Parliament includes draft rules concerning the insurance of “automated” vehicles – being vehicles “designed or adapted to be capable, in at least some circumstances or situations, of safely driving themselves”. Tesla, Volvo, and BMW amongst others have already developed vehicles with limited self-driving capabilities, although fully autonomous vehicles (i.e. those actually capable of driving themselves) are still in the testing phase.’

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Technology Law Blog, 30th October 2017

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Autonomous and Electric Vehicles Bill – new UK proposals to promote AVs – Technology Law Blog

‘The UK Government has proposed new legislation to support the development and take-up of autonomous and electric vehicles.’

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Technology Law Blog, 24th October 2017

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Lidington confirms rise in small claims limit for personal injury cases – Legal Futures

Posted October 26th, 2017 in accidents, news, personal injuries, road traffic, small claims by sally

‘The small claims limit for RTA cases will rise to £5,000 – as they are not cases where people should usually need a lawyer – and the limit for other personal injury cases to £2,000, the justice secretary, David Lidington, confirmed today. But he could not say when.’

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Legal Futures, 25th October 2017

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UK legislates for a future of driverless and electric cars – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 20th, 2017 in accidents, artificial intelligence, insurance, news, road traffic by sally

‘New legislation designed to support the use of electric and driverless cars has been proposed by the UK government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th October 2017

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Eight sentenced over bus ‘crash for cash’ fraud – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 13th, 2017 in fraud, insurance, news, personal injuries, road traffic, sentencing by tracey

‘The biggest number of claimants ever tried together in an insurance fraud case have been handed sentences ranging from community service to custody.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th October 2017

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Privacy controls should be developed for users of connected and autonomous vehicles, say data watchdogs – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 9th, 2017 in computer programs, data protection, internet, news, privacy, road traffic by sally

‘Users of connected and autonomous vehicles should be able to control who is given access to the data generated by those vehicles, data protection watchdogs from across the globe have said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th October 2017

Source: www.out-law.com