The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) have stated that Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling has not yet decided on a date for the extending of the Road Traffic Accident Portal (RTA Portal) scheme after the original plan to launch it on the 1st of April was postponed.
The decision not to proceed with the original schedule for the portal expansion is great news for the personal injury sector and the postponement came about after opposition and legal proceedings were taken out by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS), for who Scott Rees Partner, David Byrne is the Merseyside Co-ordinator.
A statement released by the MoJ said: “Grayling was considering afresh the timing for implementation of the extended scheme.”
A spokesman also said that there would be an announcement later in the year regarding further details on the expansion but they could not say when this would be released.
APIL chairman Karl Tonks greeted the postponement to the RTA Portal expansion and said that APIL looked forward to offering input as to when the implementation date might be.
He said: “Our concern in this instance is that proper consideration of key issues was being sacrificed in favour of an impractical ambition to introduce extensions to the portal by April.”
1. The Guardian; Sean Dempsey; http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/sep/05/chris-grayling-announces-legal-aid-reform-u-turn-politics-live-blog