"Staged accidents" do happen

[Published on 7 July, 1997]

Some motor workshops are working hand in glove with syndicates that
cause road mishaps deliberately. They then share the profit from
repairs and insurance claims.

A motor insurer said that in such staged mishaps, a vehicle driven
by a syndicate member would stop suddenly, usually on expressways.
This would cause the vehicle behind to crash into it.

A tow truck would then appear and offer to take the vehicles to a
workshop belonging to the syndicate for repairs.

The workshop then claims repair costs from the insurer of the motorist
who has hit the syndicate's vehicle.