n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Traffic crime : the feasibility of reporting fender-bender accidents online

Volume 27, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The first legislation with regard to reporting vehicle accidents in South Africa was promulgated in the old Ordinances of the Province of Transvaal during 1913. Several amendments were made since 1913 to legislation related to accident reporting but it remains a time consuming process for all involved, including police officials and is unnecessarily complicated. It seems that technology is not yet utilised to its fullest potential in this regard. This article argues that the development and implementation of a more modern app-online method of reporting certain accidents could be less time consuming as well as successfully address the problem of statistics that are not available for damage-only accidents. It will also release police officers for more serious crime combating duties. A survey of drivers of motor vehicles indicated that they prefer an online accident reporting system. Group interviews with stakeholders in accident reporting also indicated that a simpler accident form should be developed for accidents without injuries. The authors suggests that further amendment to the Road Traffic Act to accommodate more cost effective online accident reporting, could save time and minimise expense. Costly manpower could then be utilised more effectively, allowing police officials to focus on the core functions of the police such as law enforcement. A framework for accident reporting, involve an electronic application, eAccident APP, is proposed.

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