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Road traffic collision (RTC) frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about what do after you have been involved in an RTC.

  • Q:

    How long does an investigation into a road traffic collision take?

    A:

    The police have up to 6 months to complete an investigation of a road traffic collision reported to us.

  • Q:

    Who pays for the damage caused to my vehicle?

    A:

    Police have no involvement in vehicle repairs. The police only investigate whether road traffic offences have been committed as part of the collision.

  • Q:

    Why have I been sent a Witness Statement when I was a driver involved in the collision?

    A:

    Witness Statements are sent as a standard process to all parties involved, whether driver, casualty or witness.

  • Q:

    I have received a Witness Statement but I don't think I was involved?

    A:

    If you have received a form and believe you have not witnessed any collision, please contact the Traffic Process Unit to advise.

  • Q:

    What do I do with photographic evidence from my involvement in the collision?

    A:

    Please include any photographic evidence you have when returning your Witness Statement.

  • Q:

    When will my insurance company receive a Police Report?

    A:

    A Police Report is only sent the investigation is complete. This includes any pending court appearances. Your insurance company will request details on your behalf at a cost.

  • Q:

    Can I have third party details sent to me whilst the investigation is ongoing?

    A:

    If the collision has not involved any fatality, third party details can be sent out. Again, your insurance company will request these on your behalf at a cost.

  • Q:

    I have received a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP)/request for driver details what do I need to do?

    A:

    The NIP/request for driver details is a legal document. The recipient is legally required to complete the form and notify the police of the driver's details at the time and date stated on the NIP. If you are not aware of being involved in a collision, you are still legally required to complete and return the NIP/request for driver details with the driver's information within 28 days. If you want to provide additional information, you can include this with a covering letter. You still need to complete the slip at the bottom of the form. By returning the slip, you are not admitting fault for the collision, you are supplying driver's details so that the matter can be investigated.

  • Q:

    What should I do if I do not know who was driving?

    A:

    As the recipient of an NIP/request for driver details, you are required under Section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 to provide the required information to identify the driver. Failure to do so within the specified time period may render you liable to prosecution and a penalty of 6 points on your licence and a fine of up to £1,000. Unless you can categorically state you were the driver, it is not an option to accept responsibility for someone else's actions.