Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Safe vehicles drive safer roads for all Western Australians

    24/10/2018 12:30 PM
    • Road safety ratings available for both used and new vehicles
    • Safe vehicles will save lives on WA roads 

    Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts has urged Western Australians in the market for a new or used vehicle to take the time to research safety ratings before making a purchase.


    The State Government's new Safe Vehicles campaign will remind the community to consult the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR) to make the safest vehicle choice.


    ANCAP provides star safety ratings determined by the crash-testing of new vehicles sold in Australia, while the UCSR Buyer's Guide is based on the safety performance of vehicles involved in more than eight million police-reported crashes in Australia and New Zealand.


    The introduction of safety features in vehicles over the past 50 years, such as seatbelts and airbags, has contributed to a reduction in road trauma and saved lives.


    Choosing a vehicle with more recent advances in vehicle safety such as autonomous emergency braking and lane keeping technology will further improve the safety of the entire community on our roads.


    For more information on the Safe Vehicles campaign, visit the Road Safety Commission's website.


    Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts:


    "Buying a safe vehicle doesn't only benefit the purchaser, it also contributes to safer roads for the entire Western Australian community.


    "ANCAP and the Used Car Safety Ratings Buyer's Guide are valuable tools for vehicle buyers, whatever the budget.


    "It only takes a few minutes to consult the Used Car or ANCAP Safety Ratings.


    "That's a small investment of time to put your family in a safe vehicle and protect them from road trauma.


    "Since the introduction of early road safety features such as seatbelts almost 50 years ago, we know that vehicle safety technology contributes to lives saved on the roads.


    "Vehicle safety features such as airbags, autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warnings are proven life-savers on our roads and are now available as standard in both new and used vehicles on the market in WA."


    Minister's office - 6552 6900