Amendments to NSW crash reporting procedures

With Australia's roads becoming busier every year, the possibility of a crash amongst fleet services increases substantially.

However, from October 15, NSW police will not have to attend some crashes in an attempt to better manage collisions on the state's roads. Police have set up criteria that highlight in what circumstances drivers should reach out for assistance.

This includes when someone has been killed or injured, people have not exchanged relevant information or the driver might be under influence of alcohol or drugs.

There are only three weeks remaining until the changes come into effect so Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, is urging drivers to learn the new policies and processes.

"These changes are intended to make our roads safer and reduce the impact of a crash on road users, particularly the amount of time vehicles are left blocking the roadway," he said.

"It will also reduce the risk of secondary impact and possible injury to those waiting at the roadside or to another road user."

Police also highlight a couple of situations where their attendance is no longer required. In all minor collisions and in traffic crashes where a vehicle needs to be towed, but meets none of the above three criteria.

"By allowing drivers involved in tow-away only crashes to safely make their way off the road to exchange details and organise their tow, we should see a reduction in traffic delays caused by blocked lanes," Mr Hartley concluded.

NSW police said the reduction of traffic call outs will enable authorities to invest more in road safety initiatives and further targeted operations around the state.

Fleet managers looking to improve safety amongst their drivers could invest in fleet management software that can provide round-the-clock roadside assistance if they are involved in an accident.

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