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by Mark Zalewski
February 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Barbin wins sixth stage in Langkawi, Gibbons remains in lead; Aristi wins Tropicale Amissa Bongo opener; Sergio Henao wins Colombian road title; Bike Pure: No testing done at recent UCI cyclocross races, says riders offered drugs at events; Peloton shaking its collective head over Sagan; Directors upset over sidewalk riding in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Vanmarcke points to Sagan for missing out on Omloop win; Quintana on disc brakes: heavier, less aero, and dangerous; Tony Martin unable to finish Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne after hard crash; Patrick Lefevere follows racing action from helicopter; Boonen taking early season setbacks in stride; British Government backpedals on reforms for injured cyclists to claim compensation; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour preview: Alice Barnes; On-board highlights from the Abu Dhabi Tour; Pedestrian tries to kick cyclist off bicycle.
Planned changes to the laws in Great Britain would have made it more difficult for cyclists injured in collisions to claim compensation. However, after consultation with the Ministry of Justice, those original changes have been amended, and the results welcomed by British Cycling.
The original proposal was to raise the bar for compensation claims to £5,000, up from £1,000. Meaning anything under £5,000 would not be eligible for recoup of legal costs in small claims court.
After groups like British Cycling opposed the change the government amended the increase to only £2,000.
While a win for cyclists, groups are still wary that the increase could only be a stepping stone to get to the larger increase down the road.
“There are concerns that once these changes are implemented it will pave the way for the government to increase the £5,000 small claims limit to all personal injury claims,” Carole Matthewman, British Cycling’s Legal and Insurance Officer told Cycling Weekly. “British Cycling will be watching developments closely in this regard.”
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