Reporting Crashes to Police

I am curious as to whether it is legally mandated to report crashes to the police and, if so, under what circumstances it is required (injury/fatality/damage).

From what I have looked up, prior to 2008, section 67 of the Motor Vehicle Act required the reporting of crashes to the police, but the section was repealed in 2008. Section 68 on Duty of Driver at Accident does not discuss reporting crashes, and I'm unable to find any other relevant sections.



I looked into it a bit more, and it seems that it is not legally mandated to report crashes to the police. There doesn't seem to be any corresponding legislation, though - just an omission.

In ICBC quick statistics, page 2, it says "In addition, the number of reports submitted by individuals to police is very low, as it’s not mandatory that a crash be reported to police."

I took a look for this, myself.

Having been a Driving Instructor for three decades now, and a driver for many years before that, I clearly recall a time when crash reporting to the police was mandatory if physical damage to vehicles and/or property exceeded a given amount (something like $500 in the 70's, this had risen to $1000 in the 90's), and also if anybody had been injured or killed.

Back in the good old days, the attending officer(s) could be expected to assign blame, in the form of ticketing the driver(s) considered at fault. (These days, you won't even be able to get them to attend the scene unless you claim that you think alcohol was involved; apparently they now have higher priorities and pretend that it's ICBC's responsibility ... )

As you say, in the current era there's nothing to be found mandating collision reporting to the cops. 

Yes in fact..... one time, police issued a damage permit that was required to have the vehicle repaired at a body shop.  Talk about a make work project.

The attending officer, was never to "assign blame", although I don't speak for Mounties.  In fact it's expressly taught to recruits that they were not to indicate anything about blame, that was for the insurance company.

They did, however issue tickets.

One of the interesting points of having to report collisions to the police was that there really was a legal problem.

The MVA back then mandated that someone being involved in a collision that, as you said, was over a certain monetary criteria, or had caused injury, had to report.  The section went on to say that such a report could not be used as evidence against the driver reporting, with the exception of a charge of making a false statement in the report.

Basically saying that the MVA could not force you to provide the police with evidence in which to charge you.

That "little" technicality never seemed to bother the police, who issued zillions of tickets to drivers who were, by law, required to report, and then subsequently received an (illegal) ticket.

I recall way back when, my father rear ended a vehicle in an intersection.  It was a very nice old clergyman.  They had been stopped at a red light in Maple Ridge, now Ridge Meadows (in fact back then it was likely called "Haney").  The clergyman was first at the light, my father second.  The reverend started up on the green, got confused after travelling about 10 - 15 feet and locked up his brakes in the middle of the intersection.

The clergyman was very apologetic saying he was thinking of something other than driving and started up and then had second thoughts that the light might not have changed to green (it had).

My father, still with his foot on the gas, couldn't stop in time.  (yes, I know the 2 second rule......)

Anyway my father attended at the RCMP detachment in Maple Ridge and the member at the counter gave him the form to fill out (MV104) and as my father handed it back, he said "thanks, good-bye", to which the member said "wait a minute, I'm going to give you a ticket", and did so on the strength of my father's own report.  Following Too Closely.

There was a discussion, where my father said, "How do you know I was following to closely ?, the other car might have been backing up", to which the member, apparently stated "well if you don't know if you were going forward or the other car was backing up, I should charge you with Driving Without Due Care and Attention."

My father didn't dispute the ticket, he just ranted about it for the next several decades.  When I got older and became involved with the MVA I realized that the member had no legal right to issue the ticket.

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