I am pleased to be able to report that the UK Government has said that vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, motorcyclists, and others will be made exempt from the ‘whiplash reforms’ of the Civil Liability Bill. I am happy that the UK Government has been willing to listen to vulnerable road users on this issue.
The UK Government is, I believe, right to seek to address the discrepancy where, despite improvements in vehicle safety and a fall in reported accidents, the number of personal injury claims related to road traffic accidents has continued to increase, and thus continued to push up insurance premiums. Action to cut premiums and deliver relief for consumers, while protecting vulnerable road users, is vitally important.
Justice is a devolved matter in Scotland, and so responsibility for personal injury law belongs with the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood. The Scottish Parliament recently passed the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill, which reforms expenses and funding of civil litigation in Scotland, and which my Scottish Conservative colleagues in Holyrood supported.