By Sanette VIljoen
As a result of the lockdown, the national road safety system has made it possible for the public to report minor motor vehicle accidents online.
The national road safety legislation stipulates that one is obliged to report the accident within 24 hours after a motor vehicle accident or before the end of the first workday after the accident. The report must be made by the driver, a pedestrian or a passenger involved in the car crash.
Before the new provision it was recommended that the accident be reported at a police station closest to the scene of the accident.
However, this position has now changed. With the implementation of the lockdown a new provision was promulgated by the road traffic safety system. There is now an online platform that makes it possible for everybody involved in a car crash to file a report and also get a free car crash report from this online portal.
The system provides the user with an automatically generated crash report number (CRN) for insurance claims.
To report such a car crash online, certain requirements must be satisfied:
- The parties involved in the car crash must not have been hurt in the crash and there must have been no deaths.
- So-called “hit-and-run” accidents may also not be reported online.
- Fewer than 5 vehicles must have been involved in the accident.
If the accident does not comply with the above-mentioned requirements, it must still be reported at a police office.
This system is less trouble and also relieves pressure on police stations. To report a car crash online, you can visit the following website: