NSW introduces new traffic reporting requirements

Police now only need to attend and investigate crashes if they meet one or more of three criteria.

NSW introduces new traffic reporting requirements
New regulations dictate when police are required to attend a vehicle accident.


New traffic reporting requirements have been introduced in New South Wales to establish when police need to attend and investigate crashes.

From today, officers will only need to be called to attend the site of an accident if a person is killed or injured, parties fail to exchange details or a driver appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Previously, officers were also called to attend if a vehicle involved required towing from the scene.

"If you are involved in a tow-only crash, where no one is injured or under the influence and parties exchange particulars, you can now organise a tow from the area and later report the crash to the police assistance line on 131 444," NSW Police assistant commissioner John Hartley says

"Motorists are also no longer required to report minor collisions to police, even for insurance purposes."

Hartley says the changes are aimed at improving safety and allowing motorists in tow-only crashes to move off the road faster instead of waiting for police to arrive.

"It also better utilises police resources, who will now be diverted into broader road safety initiatives and other investigations," he says.

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

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