ANCAP welcomes new design rule to improve side impact protection

MyDrive | ANCAP – Australia’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has welcomed as a positive step to improve road safety, new legislation to improve design standards for side impact crashes.

“This is a welcome development that will lift vehicle safety standards and go a long way to helping save hundreds of lives,” ANCAP CEO Mr James Goodwin said.

The Australian Government has announced a new Australian Design Rule (ADR) for Pole Side Impact Performance will commence for new model light passenger vehicles on 1 November 2017 and light commercial vehicles on 1 July 2018. The new ADR is in line with the United Nations Global Technical Regulation (GTR) 14.

MyDrive | ANCAP Jeep Cherokee

MyDrive | ANCAP Jeep Cherokee

“Australia should be proud of its international leadership to develop this global regulation which will improve occupant protection in side impact crashes such as hitting a tree at the side of the road,” Mr Goodwin said.

“ANCAP has required vehicles to undergo a pole side impact test since 2003 in order to be eligible for a 5 star safety rating which has led to a significant increase in the fitment of curtain airbags providing substantial reductions in injury in side impacts,” he said.

MyDrive | ANCAP Nissan Pathfinder

MyDrive | ANCAP Nissan Pathfinder

“We work to continually raise the safety bar in the vehicle fleet and will modify the pole side impact test from 2018 to make it more demanding for new vehicles to be able to earn a 5 star safety rating,” Mr Goodwin said.

“I look forward to working with the Australian Government and the automotive industry as ANCAP moves to strengthen its rating protocols,” he said.

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ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, Australian state and territory governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.

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