ANCAP awards five star safety ratings

Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of your drivers is a multi-faceted process. Not only is it important to provide them with roadside assistance and accident management services, it is also essential that all fleet maintenance duties are performed accurately and to schedule.

Furthermore, fleet managers should also take care to ensure that they are only procuring the safest and most reliable vehicles on the market for their organisation - such as those that have received a five star safety rating from the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

On April 10, the ANCAP awarded three more five star ratings to three very different types of cars, confirming that there really is no excuse not to be providing your staff with safe and reliable automobiles.

The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the new Land Rover Range Rover and the new Toyota 86 were all awarded the maximum possible rating for driver and passenger safety.

ANCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh says that these results are proof that Australian consumers and organisations have a wide range of choice when it comes to purchasing a safe vehicle.

"It doesn't matter what type of car consumers are looking to buy. There's now a multitude of makes, models and car types which have achieved the maximum five star ANCAP safety rating," said Mr McIntosh.

"The range of cars we've released ratings for today exemplifies this."

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been commended by ANCAP for featuring advanced Safety Assist Technologies such as collision prevention assist, while the Toyota 86 sports car has also been praised for featuring a wide range of features such as emergency brake assist.

It's worth noting that only Land Rover Range Rover models which feature the TDV6 engine are currently rated by the ANCAP. Safety ratings for the other variants are yet to be confirmed.