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UK whiplash culture 'has to be tackled'

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Action is required in order to address the whiplash culture that has been allowed to fester in the UK.

Transport secretary Justine Greening and justice secretary Kenneth Clarke are set to unveil a range of proposals today (May 2nd) designed to deal with the issue.

Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance, wants to see a "tight timescale" introduced to drive forward the required reform of civil litigation.

He observed the system is currently set up in such a way that people are encouraged to claim "regardless of how serious their injury is or even if they have not suffered injury at all".

Mr Douglas went on to note a clampdown is required to limit the number of cold calls from claims management and personal injury firms.

According to the Association of British Insurers, successful whiplash claims cost the sector £2 billion in 2011 - which equates to around £90 per policy. ADNFCR-2576-ID-801355003-ADNFCR

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