At the moment if you need to report a road traffic accident you must do so in person at a police station or to a police constable.
This proposals in this consultation would allow police forces to offer drivers the option of submitting accident reports by other methods.
The proposals would require changes to Section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 24 April 2018
1 Section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (“the Act”) requires drivers involved in
certain traffic accidents which occur on the road or other public place to report the
accident in person at a police station, or to a constable.
2 Reporting accidents in person puts burdens on drivers, businesses and police forces.
Therefore the Government proposes to amend the Act to allow police forces to offer
drivers the option of submitting accident reports by other methods.
3 We expect that, as a result of this change, police forces will offer drivers the option of
reporting accidents online or by telephone. This will make it simpler, quicker and
cheaper for drivers to fulfil their statutory obligation to report the accident, and for the
police to record the accident details.