Andrew Constance MP Wednesday 19 June 2013
GOVERNMENT ACTS TO ADDRESS CTP CONCERNS
Acting Minister for Finance and Services Andrew Constance has today announced that during the winter recess of Parliament, the NSW Government will hold a CTP roundtable with relevant stakeholders and community representatives to consult further on the Motor Accident Injuries Amendment Bill 2013.
The NSW Government does not have the numbers in the Legislative Council to proceed with the legislation and believes more work is necessary to discuss the reform with the community.
It is now expected the Legislative Council will debate the bill in late August.
“An enormous amount of work has been done over the past 12 months to review the current CTP scheme, however I am conscious that people do not have the full information before them and I want to take action to address this where possible,” Mr Constance said.
“The NSW Government has listened to community concerns and is keen to adopt a process to further consult with stakeholders.
“We will take the next six weeks to communicate and further consult on stakeholder issues and at the same time work with cross bench MPs.
“We will facilitate further discussion by holding a CTP roundtable involving relevant players including accident victims, insurers, lawyers, community and business leaders.
“The bill will be further consulted on as part of this process and a position paper will be released prior to the roundtable.
“The NSW Government remains committed to introducing a CTP scheme that is more affordable for motorists and fairer for people injured in accidents.
“The current CTP scheme puts enormous strain on injured people and we’re determined to bring certainty to motor accident victims, many of whom face years awaiting settlement.
“Our reforms are designed to shorten the time for payments to be made and remove points of fiction and dispute.
“The NSW Government is committed to placing downward pressure on greenslip prices given that our state has the highest premiums in the country. Our reforms are designed to achieve that goal.
“Many in the community are paying more than $500 a year for their greenslip, yet in other states they can pay up to hundreds of dollars less.
“Yesterday, having met with the leadership of the motorcycle community, it was clear that they wanted more time to assess the bill and what it means for NSW motorcyclists. They indicated that other community groups were also keen for more time to assess the bill.
“I would note that there will be no increase in the average cost of motorcycle premiums as a result of the proposed reforms, and there has been an overall reduction in the average price of CTP insurance for motorcycles of 13 per cent over the last two years, depending on the bike’s location and insurer,” Mr Constance said.
The forum, to be held in mid-July, will also involve actuarial expertise and representatives of the Motor Accident Authority.