Australian government shows support for ANCAP crash testing

Parliamentary secretary for infrastructure and transport Catherine King has expressed her support for the ongoing work of the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), after seeing the testing process in action for herself earlier this week (December 5).

The MP was invited to witness a 64 km/hour frontal offset crash test, and noted that the federal government was determined to work with the ANCAP and other entities in order to make vehicles as safe as possible.

"One of the ways to better inform consumers about vehicle safety is by putting the vehicles through a crash test," said Ms King.

"I encourage individuals to make safety a key consideration in their vehicle purchasing decision."

ANCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh thanked the Australian government for its ongoing assistance, and noted that it had been an "active supporter" of the ANCAP since 2010.

With the input of the government the ANCAP has been able to put more cars through its rigorous testing procedures and therefore offer Australian consumers a greater amount of information regarding their car purchases.

When it comes to ensuring the safety of drivers in your vehicle fleet, it is important to ensure you are procuring only the safest and most intelligently engineered cars.

Alongside regular fleet maintenance, populating your fleet with only vehicles that have achieved a full five star ANCAP crash test rating is one of the best ways to ensure they have a safe and happy holiday period.

According to the ANCAP, the current federal government amended its fleet purchasing guidelines in 2011, making it mandatory for all new fleet passenger vehicle purchases to have achieved a five star ANCAP rating.

If you are a fleet manager concerned about the wellbeing of your drivers, you may be interested to know that there are fleet services available which can assist in the procurement of safer, more efficient vehicles for your organisation.

Ms King went on to encourage Australian drivers to think more carefully and take more caution on the roads this summer, pointing out that more than 1,200 people lost their lives on Australian roads last year.

"I urge every person travelling on our roads over the festive period to be extra careful and to make sure you arrive at your destination safely, as this is a special time for all of us," said Ms King.