New Road Vehicle Standards Act encourages regulatory focus on vehicle safety

ANCAP, Australasia’s independent vehicle safety authority today welcomed the passage of the Road Vehicle Standards Bill through Parliament.

ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin acknowledged the extensive review and consultation work that has been undertaken to update the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989.

“It is encouraging that vehicle safety and consumer protections have been at the forefront of considerations in renewal of this legislation,” said Mr Goodwin.

“We are seeing enormous changes in the automotive industry, so it is important our regulatory measures reflect the vehicles coming off the production line today and in the future.”

“The regulatory provisions within the new legislation will also assist with the early introduction of new, safer vehicle technologies.”

“The online Register of Approved Vehicles, effectively replacing the need for Identification Plates, will improve the transparency and enforceability of the process for the supply of new and used vehicles.”

Buyers are encouraged to buy based on safety.

“We also welcome the improved clarity provided for the recall and rectification of defective vehicles, which will improve the safety of road users throughout the life of the vehicle.”

“ANCAP looks forward to the implementation of the new Road Vehicle Standards Act for the benefit and safety of the Australian community,” Mr Goodwin added.

ANCAP and fellow safety organisations in Europe and the USA have been increasing standards in motoring, and over the last decade particularly, published results.

The 5 star safety rating system has requirements for each level. Crash testing demonstrates how those requirements work in practice. Side tests, front-on tests, and rear tests, focus on how those standards effect passenger protection.

The results are then compiled and distilled into a single number, 1 to 5. The results are really only valid for the year of testing. The following year, extra safety measures are added, which in practice, may result in a different rating should a vehicle be retested even if only a few months had passed.