Response to DfT’s consultation for online accident reporting

30 January 2018

Today at our annual Roads Policing Conference, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced the launch of a consultation for reporting accidents online.

Roads Minister, Jesse Norman MP told the national Roads Policing Conference plans for drivers to have the ability to report accidents online. DfT will launch the consultation to change the law on how the public can report road accidents.

Jayne Willetts, of the Police Federation of England and Wales, lead on roads policing said: “We welcome that there is recognition from the government, that we need to look at different solutions to ease the load on officers time and make things easier for the public.

“However we do have some concerns about how it will operate in practice. Traffic officers play a vital role in collision investigation and we would not want to see that role diluted in any way.

“Therefore we approach with caution as there are a lot of factors to consider to make this process efficient for the greater good of all involved - the right parties need to be able to feed into the consultation. As the representative voice for 122,000 officers it is important that we be allowed to feed into that process.”