Collision reporting threshold now $2,000

  • Jan. 12, 2011 6:00 p.m.

On Jan. 1, the amount of total property damage requiring a motorist to report a vehicle collision to a peace officer in Alberta increased to $2,000 from $1,000.

Despite the increasing cost of vehicle repairs, the threshold had not changed in almost 20 years.

Collision reporting thresholds are set through the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators in co-operation with all Canadian provinces. This ensures comparability of statistics across Canada and allows for a better analysis of trends affecting traffic safety. Other provinces will look at implementing the same change to the property damage collision reporting threshold. Alberta joins the province of Quebec, which raised their limit to $2,000.

Alberta is also responding to requests from enforcement agencies and the general public to raise the current dollar damage limit.

In Alberta, along with total property damage of $2,000 or more (as of Jan. 1, 2011), any collision that results in a fatality or personal injury must also be reported to police.

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