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  • The Motor Accident Injuries Act is supplemented by the Motor Accident Guidelines.
  • The Guidelines have recently been revised, effective 20 December 2019.
  • Of particular note, are the new time limits applicable to referring medical or miscellaneous claims disputes to the Dispute Resolution Service.

Under the Motor Accident Compensation Act 1999, the Government gazetted several Guidelines relevant to the operation of the previous compulsory third party insurance and compensation scheme. Readers practising in this area would be familiar with Claims Handling, Medical and Claims Assessment and Permanent Impairment Guidelines but perhaps less familiar with Market Practice or Premium Determination Guidelines.

The Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 also provides (at section 10.2) for the making of guidelines. However, instead of a series of separate guidelines, there is one conglomerated set of guidelines comprising 1,116 separate clauses, hundreds, if not thousands of sub-clauses, schedules, tables, glossaries and notes divided into eight parts as follows:

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