Every year around 81,000 accidents are reported to the police in person
A new public consultation has opened to decide whether motorists should be enable to report an accident online instead of having to go in person to a police station to notify them.
Every year around 81,000 accidents are reported to the police in person and now a new public consultation has been opened to find out whether drivers should be allowed to report a road accident online.
Currently the law states that any drivers involved in a road accident who for some reason can’t exchange details with other people involved at the scene, must go to a police station within 24 hours of the incident happening to let them know about it.
According to official figures, each year around 130,000 personal injury accidents are reported to the police. Of these reported incidents, most of them are logged at the scene by attending officers however, around 26,000 are reported by a person attending a police station. Also every year, around 55,000 collisions are reported concerning damage to property only.
Enabling drivers to report an accident online rather than having to attend a police station in person would “lessen the burden on motorists” says the UK Government and would also “free up police resources”.
Drivers would still be able to attend a police station in person if they would like to, even if the changes are given the go ahead.
Following the launch of the 12-week public consultation, Transport Minister Jesse Norman said: “The current system [for reporting accidents] is out of date; it takes up considerable amounts of time and increases queues for reporting crimes.”
Mr Norman went on to say that allowing accidents to be reported online will make the whole process easier and quicker not just for drivers but for the police also.
A new app was also announced by Mr Norman for use by police officers on their handheld devices, known as the Collision Reporting and Sharing System (CRASH). When rolled out the app will make logging accidents easier for officers.
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