Claim Charge Chaos

A month after posting their new Damage to Crown Property (DCP) rates for Third Parties (drivers, fleets, hauliers and their insurers), Highways England has already increased many! After years of raising concerns about contractor pricing methodologies, it is only now when we see the Public Authority taking more and more claims in-house, that we encounter attempts to address the pricing.  […]

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BBMM Wanting Their Cake & to Eat It

2012 to 2019 BBMM Area 10 claims saw the contractor use CECA rates when billing Third Parties (drivers, fleets, hauliers & insurers) on claims under £10,000 but ‘mates rates’ (far lower figures) when invoicing Highways England for attendance & repair when the bill was over £10,000.  Same operatives, plant and materials … differing rates.  Why? In 2018, His Honour Judge […]

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Detail & the Devil

27/03/2019: Tim Reardon, Highways England’s General Council, emailed : In Area 9, Kier have withheld bringing new DCP claims since January this year. Those outstanding claims will be taken forward on the basis of the new schedule of repair costs. 26/06/2019:  Highways England emailed : ‘Kier have initially agreed to temporarily hold all new claims since January 2019 and to […]

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Cost Breakdown Document … all that it seems?

13/06/2019 – Highways England again claims ‘post-Carney’ in response to a FoIA request, there are no DCP (damage to Crown property) rates for an ASC (contract): ‘As stated in our previous response there are no rates contained in the contract, or held by Highways England, that are used in the calculation of the repair costs for damage caused by third […]

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Kier Withhold Bringing New Claims in 2019 … you’re havin’ a giraffe

Here we go again … Highways England say one thing, their contractor does another … the tail wags the dog? 27/03/2019 – email from Highway’s England’s General Counsel ‘In Area 9, Kier have withheld bringing new DCP claims since January this year. Those outstanding claims will be taken forward on the basis of the new schedule of repair costs.’ 26/06/2019 […]

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600% Mark-Up Charged to Insurers, Drivers, Fleets & Hauliers by Highways Contractor

As a general ‘rule of thumb’*, who pursues the bill for attendance and repair costs following a motorway incident depends upon the total cost: over £10,000, the contractor charges Highways England and it is the Authority who seeks recovery of the monies from the responsible Third Party under £10,000, the contractor retains the claim and pursues the Third Party for […]

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Highways England vs. National Audit Office

11/2018, Patrick Carney of Highways England informed a tribunal DCP Rates are not commercially sensitive thereby scuppering Highways England’s ability to rely upon the FoIA’s ‘commercial interests’ exemption.  For years the Authority had kept the rates secret.  Those who pressed for the information were deemed ‘vexatious’.  Highways England has stated (to a Tribunal) that between 2013 and 07/2018 they received […]

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DCP Rates

What are Damage to Crown Property (DCP) Rates? DCP Rates, also referred to as ‘base rates’, ‘defined costs’ or notional rates’ are the cost to a Highways England contractor for the various ‘assets’ they use when attending an emergency incident (collision, fire or spill) and repairing the damage. They are the actual cost to the contractor of something: staff – […]

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Highways England Ignored (again)?

26/06/2019 Highways England wrote: ‘Kier have initially agreed to temporarily hold all new claims since January 2019 and to apply the National Schedule of Repair Costs to those claims.’ Source ‘Highways England does not hold schedules of individual service providers’ DCP Rates‘. Really? 12/03/2019 Area 9 collision attended by Kier Highways (X09C587) 21/05/2019 – invoice issued. The invoice is based […]

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