Van Drivers Warned that ‘Crash for Cash’ is on the Rise

Crash for crash, the insurance scams in which a fraudster pulls in front of a driver and then slams on the brakes in order to force the vehicle behind to crash into it, is on the rise in the UK. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is reporting that the number of incidents has increased by over fifty percent in the past year alone, and commercial drivers of LCVs and HGVs are being particularly targeted.

The FTA is advising ‘at-work’ drivers to be particularly vigilant for these types of actions, and advising fleet owners and managers that the installation of in-vehicle cameras is the best protection against the scams. Motor insurers are reporting that they are seeing nearly 900 fraudulent claims per week, and that businesses are seen by crooks as being ‘easy prey’.

According to Don Armour, FTA manager of fleet information, “Regretfully it is becoming more essential for freight operators to rely on security equipment and devices to defend their positions in court, and ensure the security of their drivers. These ‘crash for cash’ incidents are yet another obstacle for professional drivers to contend with in their day to day work, but security equipment is another tool in their armoury to combat this sort of criminality.” He went on to say, “FTA is recommending to its members that they should be aware of the ‘crash for cash’ opportunists, and that they must take all measures possible to avoid being scammed. They should inform their drivers of these sorts of crimes; take measures to avoid these types of incidents; and install security equipment including forward facing cameras where appropriate.”