British Columbia, Canada: Government introduces sweeping changes aimed at quickly clearing highway accident scenes

The province announced major changes Friday to its motor vehicle accident reporting protocols, which the public safety minister says will help police clear accidents faster.

Under the new rules, police will only have to write a report at the scene of a crash before clearing it from the road if the damage exceeds $10,000 and if there are any injuries.

Up until now, the threshold has been just $1,000 — even if no one had been hurt. The caps were even lower for motorcycle crashes — $600 — and bicycles, which needed just $100 damage before a report was needed.