UK road users will soon be able to report accidents online, under new plans drawn up by the Department for Transport.
The Transport Minister Jesse Norman, opened a consultation today, to allow citizens suggest new ways for drivers to share details of traffic incidents with police and save time in the process.
However, by moving things online, it’s believed that the new process would make it easier for road users to file their report within that time.
And also reduce the need for people to take time off work.
The Department for Transport will also provide police forces with a new “Collision Reporting and Sharing System” (CRASH) App that will be used to record accidents on scene.
The app will reduce the time it takes to enter details of an incident and provide accurate locations via smartphone GPS.
The new plans, if supported, according to the transport minister would not be forced upon police forces in England, Scotland and Wales.
Instead, they would provide them with additional avenues to record accidents.
The government has already done away with the tax disc and scrapped paper counterpart for driving licences, shifting to more electronic systems.
According to Jesse Norman, by using the data to establish trends, government will be able to develop better informed policy; highway authorities will also be better able to think about road design; and the police will be better able to spot fraud.
The consultation he said, will run for twelve weeks and close on April 24th.