On June 7 this year, our infrastructure and transport minister, Anthony Albanese, said the government would provide the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) with a $5 million boost for further vehicle safety development and to give consumers the information they need.
“We are committed to improving safety on our roads and cutting the carnage through a multi-layered approach – safer vehicles, safer drivers, and safer roads,” Mr Albanese said.
“ANCAP is now working closely with most sections of the automotive industry in ensuring safety is built into new cars on the Australian market – this partnership with the Government will allow us to ensure the latest safety features are available for new car buyers.”
A report released yesterday has revealed ANCAP did indeed receive a $5 million injection from the government and it seems they are putting it to good use. As a first step, ANCAP have vastly improved their website to be more user friendly and more information has been entered into the database which can be viewed by anyone at any time.
ANCAP Chair, Lauchlan McIntosh, said in the report that the new site allows greater ease of access, simplified information on new car crash test data, as well as a more sophisticated search tool.
“Our latest ANOP market research has shown that more people are aware of ANCAP and its role in crash testing vehicles and publicising their safety ratings – this new site will make it easier for new car buyers to compare the relative safety ratings of many new models in the market,” Mr McIntosh said.
ANCAP says in the report they have also entered into a five-year funding partnership with the Commonwealth which will allow more crash testing, more research with the results and further development in technology to help maximise vehicle safety. The partnership has also expanded the degree of technology and methods used by adapting other crash assessment programs from around the world into its curriculum.
If your car is relatively new, you can easily check how safe it is by logging on to www.ancap.com.au
You can also read about our detailed outline of ANCAP here.