2017 Crime Survey

September 20, 2017

20/07/2017  – The ONS (Office for National statistics) published its Statistical bulletin: Crime in England and Wales: year ending Mar 2017 – Crime in England and Wales year ending Mar 2017 It appears to have been missed by many. ‘Most categories of theft in the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimates showed an apparent reduction compared with the previous year’s survey but the only statistically significant decreases were in the subcategories of other theft of personal property (16%), other household theft (13%) and vehicle-related theft (10%).’ But page 20 of the report is specific and demonstrates the increase...

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Highways England Contractors & Inflated Claims

July 3, 2017

The Earl of Lytton (26/06/2017) stated, in response to the Queen’s speech: “I welcome the attention being given to the question of spurious personal injury claims in motor accidents, but Highways England’s own contractors are apparently not averse to submitting inflated “green claims”, as they are known, for highway infrastructure damage caused during motor accidents. These increase insurance costs, too, and appear to be outwith the contractual arrangements with Highways England, and yet nothing seems to be done about them”.* Over the past years Claims Management & Adjusting Ltd has collated much information to demonstrate, as an example, Kier...

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01/10/2017 New insurance write-off categories

June 29, 2017

‘Complex repairs have made it harder for insurers and body shops to determine how to safely fix cars and the new classes will place greater emphasis on the condition of the vehicle rather than repair costs, so that vehicles which should be scrapped won’t be sent back on to the road.’  For the full story, click here. Information about the old categories (pre-01/10/2017) can be found here – Salvage Code.  The new codes are: A: Scrap B: Break S: Structurally damaged repairable N: Non-structurally damaged repairable The total loss register, in operation since 1987, is a very useful tool...

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MoT Forgeries

April 25, 2017

Following DVSA clarification CMA urges used car buyers to check MOT details online – the paper certificate is too susceptible to forgery. Following a clarification by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), Claims Management & Adjusting Ltd (CMA) is urging used car buyers to check MOT details online, rather than relying on the paper certificate. In response to a Freedom of Information request by CMA’s Philip Swift, the DVSA’s MOT Scheme Management Team confirmed: “…the view of DVSA is that the test certificate is a receipt style certificate and it is the database holds the authorative record…...

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Spurious claims: Crown property shenanigans

March 23, 2017

by Philip Swift, managing director, Claims Management and Adjusting Much of my life over the past few years has been spent challenging costs presented for damage to Crown property following a crash, spillage or fire. If one of your vehicles collides with a motorway barrier or bends a traffic sign, you or your insurer will be presented with a bill, usually from a council, Highways England, Transport for London or a contractor. Fair enough you might think if the driver was to blame. That’s the first problem. We’re seeing a worrying rise in ‘swerve to avoid’ incidents and it...

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