The federal government's decision to commit $2.2 million worth of funding into vehicle crash testing authority the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) will continue to promote the work the organisation does to reduce car accident injuries in NSW.
The announcement was made this week by Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs, who said it was to important to continue the funding.
"With Australian government support and funding, ANCAP has increased its ratings coverage to 95 per cent of new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles sold in Australia," he said.
"The Australian government is committed to working with organisations like ANCAP to raise awareness of road safety and to reduce death and injury on our roads through safer vehicles, safer roads and safer drivers."
ANCAP was first implemented in 1992 and has worked ever since to provide motorists with accurate information on the safety of new vehicles in Australia. By simulating crashes and reviewing how the cars perform, ANCAP can get a good indication as to how well the safety features – such as air bags and windscreens – react under accident conditions.
After analysing the resulting wreck, ANCAP gives the vehicle a safety rating between one and five stars. This information is easily found on a number of websites and is recommended to look at before purchasing a car.
ANCAP Chairman Lauchlan McIntosh said the funding will go towards ensuring that Australia's road toll decreases by more than 30 per cent by 2020, something set out by the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.
"Manufacturers recognise and accept the value of the ANCAP process in encouraging new car buyers including fleet managers, to look for and buy the safest cars available," he said.
"As we see more and more imported cars entering our market, the continued role of ANCAP as the only independent organisation providing detailed safety comparisons is essential."
According to Road Safety NSW data, the state's road toll is already well ahead of 2013 with 135 people losing their lives on the road compared to 118 at the same time last year.
Mr McIntosh said the growth of new safety technology in vehicles will also be a target for the organisation as they test its effectiveness.
NSW car accident compensation
If you are involved in a car accident in NSW and suffer a whiplash injury or worse, you could be eligible for compensation.
It is important to contact a car accident compensation lawyer as soon as you are well enough. They can offer advise about your possible claim and discuss the circumstances around the accident.