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Changes to reporting rules allow motorists to crash and dash

POLICE are changing the way NSW traffic crashes are reported as "part of a red-tape reduction initiative" aimed at streamlining the process for motorists.

From October 15, drivers whose vehicles need to be towed after a crash, who have exchanged particulars and aren't under the influence of drugs or alcohol can organise a tow truck and leave the scene.

Later the smash can be reported to the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 - but minor crashes no longer need to be reported, even for insurance purposes as police will no longer record event numbers.

Currently police attend every smash where a vehicle is required to be towed from the scene.

Highway Patrol's Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said driver safety will improve as motorists will be able to move from the crash site as soon as practicable, minimising the risk of injury from a secondary impact as well as cutting unnecessary waiting.

Under the new guidelines, police will attend a crash when:

  • A person is injured or killed.
  • Drivers fail to exchange particulars
  • A driver is alleged to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


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