John D'Orazio

John D'Orazio

Former Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Justice; Community Safety

    Call for safer vehicles

    27/04/2006 10:25 AM
     
    27/4/06

    Choices made by new car buyers could have a big impact on motor vehicle safety.

    Community Safety Minister John D’Orazio said the best way to encourage manufacturers to make vehicles safer was through consumers favouring safer vehicles.

    Mr D’Orazio today opened the Road Safety Council and RAC’s Safer Vehicles Expo at DTECH (AHG Driver Training Centre), near Perth’s International Airport.

    “It is no myth that safer vehicles save lives, so motor vehicle manufactures should make vehicle safety a key priority,” he said.

    “Monash University research estimates that if people bought the safest vehicle in their desired class, overall road safety across Australia would improve by 26 per cent resulting in reduced deaths and serious injuries from road trauma.

    “If every new vehicle had safety features equal to the safest vehicle in its class, then death and serious injury could be reduced by up to 40 per cent.

    “Motorists, as well as those dedicated to reducing death and serious injury on our roads, cannot ignore those figures.”

    The Minister said the star rating provided by ANCAP (Australian New Car Assessment Program) was a useful guide for new car buyers.

    “ANCAP crash tests new vehicles under controlled laboratory conditions to determine how well they protect their occupants,” he said.

    “Ideally buyers should look for a car with a four-star rating or higher.

    “Eighteen of Australia’s top 20 selling cars this year are rated four or above and this includes small and medium-size vehicles in popular brands.

    “At the moment, about 40 per cent of all new vehicles - representing about 60 per cent of total sales - are ANCAP tested.”

    Mr D’Orazio said motoring clubs and governments around Australia and New Zealand - including the Western Australian Government - funded ANCAP to test new vehicles.

    Buyers could check ANCAP ratings, or obtain a used car safety ratings booklet through the RAC site at http://www.rac.com.au

    Minister's office: 9213 7150