Road Traffic Incident

The specific reporting procedures to be followed in the event of a Road Traffic Incident (RTI) or any other incidents are covered under Emergencies.

This section deals more generally with the actions which need be taken in the event of an RTI or similar.



Ensure safety of passengers

Collect all necessary information

Remember the Drivers Emergency Kit on the overhead shelf (in the orange bag)


  1. Stop This is a legal requirement
  2. Do not move the vehicle unless it would be dangerous not to do so
  3. Safely immobilise the vehicle Switch off ignition, apply handbrake, put into high gear and turn off electrical switches.
  4. Evacuate passengers to a safe place if there is a risk of further incident. Otherwise ask them to remain where they are. On motorways take particular care.
  5. Alert other road users by switching on hazard warning lights and, at night, the interior lights. Set warning triangle at least 50 yards from the vehicle on the same side of the road but not on motorways.
  6. Check for injury to passengers. If anyone is injured then immediately call the appropriate emergency services. Remember that shock may not be outwardly apparent but can threaten life.
  7. Ensure that all passengers are comfortable
  8. Give your name and address, the vehicle owner’s name and address and its registration number to anyone having reasonable grounds for requiring this information. Use RTI Form 2. Obtain the same information from any third parties involved. If someone is injured or if for any reason the foregoing particulars cannot be exchanged then you have a duty to report the incident to the police within 24 hours. This applies regardless of who was at fault.
  9. As soon as possible complete RTI Form Parts 1 and 2. The box headings on the form detail the information required. This information is required for legal purposes and to enable CCT Trustees to make insurance claims (if appropriate) and to carry out formal incident review.

Make sure you obtain copies of any statements made to the police.


As soon as possible after the incident:
  1. Let CCT Driver Co-ordiinator know what has happened
  2. Let anyone who may be awaiting arrival of you or your passengers know of the problem, especially if you are likely to be significantly delayed
  3. Pass the RTI Form Parts 1 and 2 to a CCT trustee
  4. Once these actions have been discharged and as long as you are satisfied that the vehicle is roadworthy, you may either continue with the journey or terminate it as appropriate.
  5. If the vehicle cannot be driven safely then use the Breakdown Procedure.
  6. Under no circumstances should anyone who is shocked or injured be left unattended.


  • Admit liability; to do so may invalidate insurance cover
  • Discuss the incident with anyone at the scene except the police
  • Visit any of the parties involved in the incident
  • Talk to the media about the incident.