Controversial plans to reform whiplash litigation by raising the small claims limit for road traffic accidents to £5,000 are likely to be implemented in April next year, it has emerged.

The Motor Accidents Solicitors’ Society reported today that ministers have agreed for reforms to be implemented from April 2019. The initial focus will be on implementing the changes in relation to RTA claims, with further personal injury reforms coming later.

Officials believe they can progress the Civil Liability Bill through parliament in the next 14 months, and with it a tariff system for soft tissue injury damages. The plan remains to bring in this bill at the same time as the new £5,000 small claims limit for RTA claims, which requires secondary legislation.

The news was confirmed at a meeting of MoJ officials and the strategic alliance of MASS, the Law Society and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.