Last year, Cycling UK’s Road Victims are Real Victims campaign, in partnership with Living Streets and RoadPeace, aimed to stop changes to civil justice rules which would have short-changed 70% of cyclists seeking compensation for injuries sustained in road collisions.
Alongside new legislation to restrict whiplash claims (rarely made following road collisions by people who weren’t inside a motor vehicle), the Government was threatening to increase what’s known as the ‘small claims limit’. This would have prevented cyclists from recovering their legal costs in claims under £5,000.
Having fought this off last year, we expected this proposal to raise its head again at some point and, just over a week ago, the Government published the Civil Liability Bill setting out proposals to reform whiplash claims. They’ve also said they’re planning to simultaneously go ahead with some changes to the small claims limit, though it’s not yet clear whether these will affect cyclists and other vulnerable road users. We are currently seeking clarification and will update as and when we have news.