ANCAP issues five star safety ratings

Doing the utmost to ensure the safety of your staff on the roads should be a top priority for any respectable fleet manager.

The best way to do this is through a three step approach - ensuring that drivers are well educated as to safe driving practices, ensuring that vehicle maintenance is up to date and also by ensuring that the vehicles in your fleet are of correct safety standards.

The Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) regularly conducts and publishes the results of crash tests to determine how well a vehicle will survive a potential incident, so there is no excuse for having unsafe cars in your fleet.

Just this week (July 13), the ANCAP issued five star ratings to several new vehicles. The Holden Colorado, the Hyundai i30 and the Subaru BRZ all received the maximum possible rating for crash testing.

"It’s satisfying to see manufacturers lifting the safety of light commercial vehicles. Manufacturers have been incorporating greater levels of safety into passenger vehicles for some time now, yet the safety of LCVs has trailed," said ANCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh.

"Pressure not only from ANCAP, but now big business, is encouraging manufacturers to elevate safety as a priority in the design and construction of new LCVs, and consumers are the winners."

Should the worst occur and an accident does take place, vehicles with a five star ANCAP safety rating are much more likely to correctly protect occupants and prevent serious injury - something which should be important to any fleet manager.