From the 15th of October 2014 new rules will mean traffic accidents where your car needs to be towed – in circumstances where no one is injured, all parties exchange particulars and no one is under the influence of drugs or alcohol – can now organise their own tow and later report the crash to the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.
Key changes will include:
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 is 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.
From 15 October 2014, 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.
Also, from 15 October 2014:
Reports of ‘minor’ traffic crashes –where vehicles do not require towing – will no longer require a police record to be made. Police event numbers will no longer be issued for these incidents.
For more information view this PDF brochure.
Information taken from police.nsw.gov.au
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