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.