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Cycling UK encouraged by select committee backing in personal injury reform plans

Victory for vulnerable road users

Cycling UK encouraged by select committee backing in personal injury reform plans

A recommendation by the Justice Select Committee to exclude vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, from reforms to personal injury claims has been hailed as a victory by the national cycling charity, Cycling UK.

Under the Government proposals, road users would be subject to stricter limits on minor injury claims.

It means victims would be unable to reclaim the cost of legal representation, and all claims with an injury valued at less than £5,000 would have to go through a small claims court.

But Cycling UK, as part of a coalition of groups representing vulnerable road users, argued that cyclists, in particular, would be put at a disadvantage by limiting their ability to secure compensation. 

The charity submitted evidence to the Justice Select Committee pointing out that cyclists’ claims often involve substantial injuries, such as a fractured collarbone, broken wrist or fractured ribs. 

They are also more likely to be the victims of a crash they are involved in, their claims more complex, and they are more likely to be contested.

Duncan Dollimore, Head of Campaigns at Cycling UK, said: “We are delighted, but not surprised, that the Justice Select Committee has accepted the evidence submitted by Cycling UK, and agreed that vulnerable road users should be excluded from the proposed increases in the small claims limit. 

“Last week, Peers in the House of Lords also voiced their concerns regarding the government’s proposals, which Cycling UK have been campaigning against through our Road Victims are Real Victims campaign for two years. 

“The government now needs to listen to vulnerable road user groups, the House of Lords and the Justice Select Committees, and think again about plans which have no policy justification, fly in the face of the evidence, and would disproportionately affect the most vulnerable people on our roads.”

Contact information 

For more information contact the national Cycling UK Press Office on 01483 238 315, 07786 320 713 or email publicity@cyclinguk.org 

Notes to editors 
  1. Cycling UK, the national cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. www.cyclinguk.org 
  2. Read the full Justice Select Committee report: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmjust/659/659.pdf
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