The Transport Select Committee is calling for written evidence on the measures set out by the Government to reduce the number and cost of whiplash claims. The Committee intends to scrutinise the implementation of independent medical panels to support the diagnosis of whiplash and examine whether there is more the Government could do to reduce the cost and number of exaggerated or fraudulent claims.
The Government's Command Paper includes a response to the Committee's recent report Cost of motor insurance: whiplash. However, a number of recommendations have not yet been answered satisfactorily by the Ministry of Justice. The Committee is today publishing a letter to the Secretary of State for Justice asking for those recommendations to be properly addressed.
Committee Chair, Louise Ellman MP, said: "We have made recommendations about how the Government can get the cost of motor insurance down, including by tackling bogus whiplash claims, while protecting access to justice for genuine claimants. Many of these recommendations have been accepted and we will continue to scrutinise how they are implemented".