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Change to accident laws

Thursday, 25th September, 2014

Police and emergency services will still attend crashes to clean up the mess and clear the road. Police and emergency services will still attend crashes to clean up the mess and clear the road.

An age-old law that required motorists to call police if they had a crash that resulted in their vehicles having to be towed away is about to be abolished.

Drivers will also no longer need to report minor collisions to police, even for insurance purposes, under the changes that come into effect in NSW on October 15.

If no-one is injured; all parties have exchanged particulars and; no one is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, drivers will be allowed to organise their own towing.

They may then leave and later reportthe crash to the Police Assistance Line on 131 444, said Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley.

Assistant Commissioner Hartley said one of the reasons for the change was to stop crashed vehicles blocking the roads.

"With advances in technology, vehicles are now equipped with more safety features such as airbags that, when activated, may result in a vehicle needing to be towed after a crash," he said.

"Previously vehicles without these features could have been driven away - this means in recent years we have seen more motorists waiting by the roadside.

"With drivers now able to move their cars off the road quicker and more efficiently, we will ultimately see a reduction in blocked lanes and traffic delays."

Assistant Commissioner Hartley said it would also be safer for drivers because they would be able to move from the crash site sooner, thereby cutting the likelihood of injury from a secondary impact whilke they waited by the rosad for police to arrive Police will continue to attend crashes to direct traffic and deal with hazards or debris on the road, as well as help with the towing of heavy vehicles.

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