Millions of motorists could see their car insurance premiums reduced as a result of plans to cut compensation for whiplash injuries in England and Wales.
Whiplash claims have risen by 50% over the past decade, costing insurance companies about £1bn a year.
The government said insurers have pledged to pass on the savings, worth about £40 a year.
Following a promise made last year, ministers are looking at scrapping the right to compensation or capping it.
In its consultation, the Ministry of Justice suggests that such payments – which are separate from medical bills or loss of earnings – could be banned.
Another option is capping them at a maximum of £425. By contrast the current average payout is £1,850.
The government pointed out that while the number of road accidents in the UK has been falling, the number of whiplash claims has been increasing.
“For too long some have exploited a rampant compensation culture and seen whiplash claims an easy payday, driving up costs for millions of law-abiding motorists,” said Justice Secretary Liz Truss.
“These reforms will crack down on minor, exaggerated and fraudulent claims.”