According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are more than 5.2 million registered vehicles in New South Wales. This number continues to grow, and is putting extreme pressure on regional and local infrastructure.
As such, it is important that motorists and businesses invest in safe vehicles. Given the potential risk of injury from a car accident, choosing models that protect drivers and other road users is key.
However, based on a recent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) safety rating, some manufacturers must work harder in this regard. In an August 14 media statement, it was revealed that the LDV V80 commercial van had scored just a two-star safety rating – a somewhat rare occurrence these days.
Why did this van score so poorly?
Each ANCAP safety rating is developed from a number of crash tests and an analysis of its safety technology, calculating the risk of injury from a serious crash. In this case, the LDV V80 commercial van scored only 4.97 points out of the available 16 points in the frontal offset crash – making it one of the worst-performing vehicles this year.
The authority found serious issues in the way the van performed in the crash tests and could potentially injure the driver’s legs, chest and head. This lack of protection is a major factor in ANCAP’s findings.
The LDV V80 commercial van also doesn’t come with in-built electronic stability control (ESC), seat belt reminders or side airbags.
Nicholas Clarke, ANCAP chief executive officer, conceded that many light commercial vehicles aren’t required to have all the safety features that passenger vehicles have, but said the authority tests all vehicles equally. He added that light commercial vehicle manufacturers must add safety technology as standard, not optional for the safety of drivers and the general public.
“ANCAP applies the same standards to both light commercial and light passenger vehicles. This is vital in providing consumers with transparent and easily comparable safety ratings – whether they be looking to buy for commercial or private purposes,” Mr Clarke said.
“The safety of those travelling in commercial vehicles is no less important than those travelling in passenger cars.”
Car accident compensation
Regardless of whether you are involved in a crash with a light commercial van or a passenger vehicle, you could be eligible for compensation. As soon as possible, it is important to contact a car accident lawyer to talk through the details of your case.
For more information, contact the team at Gerard Malouf and Partners today.
MD: The LDV V80 commercial van scored a two-star safety rating, according to the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).