New online service to help drivers report accidents under consultation

 New online service to help drivers report accidents

Drivers may soon be able to report accidents online, making it quicker and easier, under new proposals by the Department for Transport.

Many police forces already allow victims to report crimes online and this could be extended to crashes in a bid to modernise the service.

The move would lessen the burden on motorists who have to report a crash in person within 24 hours, cut the need for people to take time off work and also free up police resources. People will still be able to report crashes at police stations.

Have your say on the consultation on new ways to report traffic accidents to the police.

Transport Minister Jesse Norman, who has launched a consultation into the plans, said: “Our roads are among the safest in the world, in part due to the outstanding work of traffic officers.

“However, the current system is out of date; it takes up considerable amounts of time and increases queues for reporting crimes.

“The ability to report accidents online will make the whole process quicker and easier for both drivers and the police.”

If supported in the 12-week consultation, police forces in England, Scotland and Wales will be able to adopt online reporting.

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