Vehicle safety award

7 May 2014

The Stars on Cars campaign has given car-buyers the ability to make an informed decision about the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) safety rating of the car they want to buy.

In 2010, 40% of new cars sold in South Australia had a five star rating. At the end of March, 2014, this figure had jumped to 71% - ahead of the national average.

ANCAP uses a range of internationally recognised crash tests and safety  assessments undertaken by independent specialist laboratories to determine the relative safety of a vehicle.

ANCAP safety ratings are published using a star rating system of between one to five stars with higher scores and greater safety features awarded more stars.

DPTI, ANCAP, Motor Accident Commission and new vehicle dealerships worked together on the program, which now covers all 156 new car dealers in South Australia.

Dealerships were educated about the importance of promoting a five star rating to their customers and the importance of having safer cars on our roads. The award acknowledged this campaign us apart from other states and territories in Australia.

Each year the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards recognise the most outstanding international road safety initiatives.

Representatives from DPTI were presented with a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent at an International Road Safety Award forum in Melbourne in early May.

For further information on the Stars on Cars program please visit the program website.

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Photo: Julie Holmes (ED Road Safety, Registration and Licensing) , HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Matthew Leyson (Manager, Safer Vehicles and Technologies)

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