Emailed to Members 14/02/23
From Jane Loney, Executive Director
Please find below an update on a few important issues that have come to light in the past week, which I hope you find useful.
Court of Appeal OIC Mixed Injuries Judgment
As Members are aware, on the 20 January, the Court of Appeal handed down their decision on the OIC cases involving tariff and non-tariff injuries, to which MASS intervened with APIL. As an update, we understand that last week the insurers’ decided to apply to the Supreme Court for leave to appeal the judgment, which is naturally disappointing. However, there is a long way to go, not least the starting point of the Supreme Court deciding whether to give leave to appeal. We will keep Members informed as we know any further developments.
Justice Select Committee
On Friday (10th February) the Justice Select Committee announced they will be holding an inquiry on the Whiplash Reforms and the Official Injury Claim Service. Full details can be found here.
The closing date for written evidence is 17th March. MASS will of course be submitting evidence and so we would welcome Members’ thoughts, experiences and any relevant evidence so we can ensure that our response fully represents the experiences that professional users are encountering, as well as the impact the reforms are having on the accident victim. We would also encourage you, our Members, to directly submit your own evidence if you are able to do so. Please do let us know if we can assist in this process. We shall continue you to keep you posted as the inquiry develops.
Insurance Post Trade Voice
If you haven’t seen it yet, MASS Chair, Sue Brown has written an article for Insurance Post magazine, with a few home truths about how the reforms have been in reality for professional users and the impact on the accident victim. The article can be viewed here.
Transport Select Committee (TSC)
Last week the TSC held an oral evidence session on the lessons learnt by the police, retailers and local authorities on the E-Scooter Trials that are taking place in various cities across the country. MASS has prepared its written evidence and will be submitting it this week ahead of the deadline of 22 February. It sets out our concerns, particularly about privately-owned e-scooters, makes a series of policy recommendations and urges the Government to introduce a new regulatory framework as soon as possible. We will publish our written evidence as soon as we are allowed, but if you would like to see a copy, please do contact the MASS office.
As always we urge Members to let us know your thoughts and experiences on all these (or any other) important issues which will assist us to ensure that we fully represent our Membership’s experiences. Please email me – firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Brown – email@example.comForgotten your password?