Changes to Third-party motor claims

With effect from 1 May 2011, claimants who intend to file third-party claim for the dam­age to their vehicles must inform the poten­tial defend­ants or their insurers before the com­mence­ment of the repair. The insurers will then have 48 hours (exclud­ing Sat­urday, Sunday and Pub­lic Hol­i­day) to per­form the pre-repair inspec­tion. The Sub Courts can impose sanc­tions on the claimants if claimants fail to noti­fy the poten­tial defend­ants or do not allow the pre-repair inspec­tion to be car­ried out.

If the poten­tial defendant’s insurer has how­ever, waived the require­ment for the pre-repair inspec­tion, the claimants may pro­ceed with the repairs. The poten­tial defend­ant or his insurer will also have to com­pensate the claimant for loss of use of the vehicle for the peri­od of the pre-repair inspec­tion. 

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