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by Mark Zalewski
November 19, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: ASO announces end to historic Critérium International; Report: Angliru to feature in 2017 Vuelta; Rojas back on bike after Vuelta crash; Hayman, Garfoot named Australian Cyclists of the Year; Peter Sagan to start 2017 down under; Selle Italia becomes co-title sponsor of Wilier Triestina team; UCI Continental Team Illuminate to continue in 2017; Cadel Evans too intimidated to cycle in Sydney; Law changes could affect British cyclists injured by drivers; New research bolsters claims that exercise combats depression; Stolen Rio gold medals returned to Paralympic champion Cooke; Cavendish on the Ghent Six Day race; Hardbrakers Grandtour 2014; Timelapse at the Ghent Six Day.
Proposals to change the small claims system in Britain could make it hard for cyclists injured by drivers to obtain compensation. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is seeking to raise the limit for personal injury small claims from £1000 to £5000.
The rationale behind the changes is from an increase in whiplash injury claims that some say are abusing the system.
“For too long some have exploited a rampant compensation culture and seen whiplash claims an easy payday, driving up costs for millions of law-abiding motorists,” Justice secretary Elizabeth Truss.
“These reforms will crack down on minor, exaggerated and fraudulent claims. Insurers have promised to put the cash saved back in the pockets of the country’s drivers.”
But the changes, which are wide-sweeping across the small claims system, could have unintended consequences, particularly for injured cyclists whose compensation can often come in under the £5000 limit. And with legal costs not allowed to be recovered in small claims cases, those costs are placed on the plaintiff.
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