The Government is proposing to raise what is known as 'the small claims limit' for anyone who has been injured in
a collision on the road. Currently £1000, they want to raise this to £5000 which they say will tackle the high number
of fraudulent whiplash claims.
We think this is a big mistake.
This will affect everyone in England and Wales, whether they've had a whiplash injury or not. Particulary
affected are Vulnerable Road Users who don’t actually suffer whiplash injuries themselves, but will be
subject to the same laws as those who do.
how much can you afford to lose?
Watch the animation we produced ahead of the Second Reading of the Government’s Civil Liability Bill in the House of Commons to find out how this could affect you and why we think ministers risk getting it wrong.
what can you do?
If you feel strongly about your legal rights and the legal rights of your family then please contact your MP to
oppose the increase in the 'Small Claims Limit' for vulnerable road users or help spread the word.
Time for action
Contact your local MP to oppose the change to small claims
by simply filling out the form below.
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The Vulnerable Road Users Group (VRUG)Context
The government’s proposed reforms to personal injury could have a significant negative impact on the rights of vulnerable road users (VRUs). VRUs include cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and horse riders. The reforms are aimed at reducing whiplash claims (spurious or otherwise), by increasing the small claims limit (SCL) from £1,000 - £5,000 and introducing a tariff for the payment of compensation awards for people injured in a road collision that wasn’t their fault.
The effect of these two measures is that genuinely injured people will not be able to access legal advice for any claim under £5,000.
Campaigners against these reforms describe them as unfair and overly punitive, but this is particularly so for VRUs, who seldom if ever get whiplash injuries, and where the incidence of fraud is negligible.The VRUG
In order to draw public and political attention to this issue, the VRUG was formed, with the express aim of removing all VRUs from the scope of the reforms. Membership of the group comprises a wide range of special interest groups and campaigning organisations that represent VRUs.
They include Cycling UK and British Cycling, Brake, the British Horse Society, Living Streets and Roadpeace. Bennetts (insurance specialist for motorcyclists) represent motorcyclists, and Which? is a non-aligned observer. The VRUG also has political representation from Ruth Cadbury MP (co-chair of the All Party Cycling Group). The VRUG also includes representatives from law firms who assist VRUs seeking redress for their injuries.What the VRUG has done
The Group campaigns for ministers to re-think their strategy. The various bodies have implemented information campaigns to alert their members to the impact of the reforms, including a specially-commissioned animation which explains in simple terms what the public can expect if the reforms become law.
Following intense lobbying on this vital issue, at the Second Reading of the Civil Liability Bill (CLB) in the Commons on 4 September 2018 ministers said it is now their intention to remove VRUs from the scope of the reforms. However, they have yet to say how they will do so or offered any detail on the guarantees they will offer vulnerable road users.
The VRUG will therefore continue to campaign on this issue until ministers have made concrete plans to match their words. Until they do so, the threat of injustice will remain.
For further information on the work of the Vulnerable Road Users Group, contact Ben Welsh on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07568 382040