Many are also not geared up to respond efficiently to requests for information and evidence following an accident. Perkins said: 'We are very concerned about this issue and would urge fleets to take the matter seriously and find out now what they need to do about the Woolf reforms. The reforms will reward fast and efficient claims management but punish slow claims handling.
'If fleet managers fail to comply with the reforms over the next six months, the courts are likely to start levying stringent fines. Fleet managers need to take this seriously and find out now what they need to do in order to comply with the reforms.'