Changes to accident reporting - NSW Police

Posted by Malcolm Campbell on 14 October 2014

The NSW Police have made recent changes to the circumstances requiring the Police attendance at a vehicle crash scene which come into affect on Wednesday 15 October 2014. The Police have released the following information: 

NSW Police is urging motorists to familiarise themselves with changes to the way traffic crashes are reported in NSW, as they come into effect next week on Wednesday 15 October 2014.

Key changes:

* From Wednesday 15 October 2014, police will need to be called to attend and investigate crashes that fall into the below criteria:

  1. Where a person is killed or injured;
  2. Parties fail to exchange particulars;
  3. A driver appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Police will also attend to direct traffic and deal with hazards or debris on the road, as well as assist with the tow of heavy vehicles.

Currently they attend and investigate where a person is killed or injured; parties fail to exchange particulars; a driver is under the influence; or, a vehicle involved requires towing from the scene.

In such instances if a vehicle requires towing from the scene and no one is injured or under the influence, and all parties exchange details:

  • Motorists should organise their own tow and have their vehicle removed from the scene as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Once this has occurred they should report the crash to the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

Further Dooley & Associates remind clients that accidents need to be reported for insurance reasons and that the insurance companies should also be included when reporting accidents.

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