Government funding for Australian crash test programme

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The Australian government has committed to providing over 2 million dollars during the next two years in support of crash test assessments on new vehicles.

As part of National Road Safety Week which is currently taking place in Australia, the country’s Government has announced funding of 2.2 million dollars in continuation of existing support it gives to the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP), which provides information on new car crashworthiness to both Australia and New Zealand.

The announcement was made by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport of the country, Darren Chester, who said, “The Australian Government aims for a safe system approach to reducing road trauma through safer drivers on safer roads in safer vehicles. Road crashes devastate too many families and communities with over 1200 lives lost each year and more than 30,000 seriously injured.”

The Minister went on to say that safety should be a top priority when making car purchasing decisions and that the people of Australia should be aware of the benefits of buying cars with high ratings in this respect.

“When purchasing a vehicle, it is important to remember that not all cars are created equally. The combination of a sound structure and good restraint systems will provide the best chance of survival in a crash. While cars with active safety technologies, such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), could in fact prevent a crash altogether,” he said.

ANCAP’s Chairman, Wendy Machin said it is encouraging that the Australian Government has again affirmed its commitment to ANCAP and promoting safer vehicles for a further two years with the potential for further long term support.

“This support, teamed with the long-term commitment of our other 22 member organisations, will further enhance our safety rating programme as we move to ensure testing remains relevant over the next few years. Consumers will have greater information and choice which will encourage vehicle importers to ensure we have world best practice safety in our cars,” she said.

As with other Global NCAP providers, ANCAP is continuously evolving its programme to keep pace with new safety technology and the progression towards vehicle automation.

“We are developing a new global test protocol with our European counterparts so that vehicle crash test data can be shared between the organisations from 2018,” concluded Wendy Machin.

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