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ANCAP publishes 3 new safety ratings
THREE new safety ratings covering a range
of vehicle segments have recently been
published by independent safety authority,
The Mazda CX-5 which was released into
the Australasian market in April has carried
through the brand’s safety commitment
achieving the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety
rating across all variants.
“The CX-5 performed well in physical tests
and is fitted with a good list of safety features
including all three levels of autonomous
emergency braking – City, Interurban and
Pedestrian,” ANCAP Chief Executive Officer,
James Goodwin said.
“As the highest selling unrated model in
Australia and New Zealand so far this year,
this provides yet another safe option for SUV
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet was
introduced in Australia and New Zealand in
October 2016 and its 5 star ANCAP safety
rating applies to all two-wheel-drive C200 and
C300 variants. Other variants are unrated.
“The C-Class convertible is a well-
equipped model and offers AEB City and AEB
Interurban as standard, however in the side
impact test, the head of the 10 year old child
dummy contacted the metal frame of the
roof and points were deducted from its Child
Occupant Protection score,” Mr Goodwin
The Kia Picanto tested was introduced
earlier this year and a 4 star ANCAP safety
rating applies to all New Zealand-sold
variants built from May 2017 and Australian-
sold variants built from June 2017.
“It is very encouraging to see an affordable,
small car offering AEB City and AEB
Interurban as standard, and Kia should be
congratulated for taking this initiative,”
“The Picanto is however limited to 4
stars due to lower scores in the Pedestrian
Protection and Child Occupant Protection
areas of assessment,” he added.
Govts must set start date for new laws
THE Australian and state governments
must set a start date for the strong
new truck laws scheduled to start
in 2018, the Chair of the Australian
Trucking Association, Geoff Crouch,
Mr Crouch was responding to
the Fairfax media stories over the
weekend (September 9-10) about
“The ATA and its members lobbied
strongly for the new laws, which
include a new primary safety duty
for all businesses in the road freight
transport chain of responsibility,
including the extension of the laws
to maintenance, a due diligence
obligation on company executives,
and a massive increase in maximum
penalties,” Mr Crouch said.
“These laws are needed to stop
large industry customers from
pressuring trucking businesses into
operating unsafely on the road.
“The laws are due to come into
effect in 2018, but we do not yet have
a defined starting date.
“The ATA and its members are
running strong information campaigns
about the new laws, as is the National
Heavy Vehicle Regulator. With the
Australian Logistics Council, we are
jointly developing a master registered
code of practice to help businesses
comply. But having a specific starting
date is needed to focus the attention
of every industry customer,” he said.
Mr Crouch said governments must
also commit to publish the results of
the current review into truck driver
training and licensing.
“As a result of pressure from the
good operators and trainers in our
industry, governments are reviewing
the truck driver licensing and training
system. The consultants undertaking
the review are scheduled to report
back in November 2017,” he said.
“Given the concerns raised by
industry about the quality of driver
training and licensing, and the stories
over the weekend, governments must
now commit to make the report
public so we can all see the findings,”
Mr Crouch said the rate of fatal
crashes involving large trucks like
semitrailers was steadily improving.
“Authoritative statistics from the
University of Adelaide Centre for
Automotive Safety Research (CASR)
show that the fatal crash rate for
articulated trucks declined 82 per cent
between 1982 and 2016.
“The number of articulated trucks
in Australia increased from about
47,000 in 1982 to more than 96,000
in 2016, but despite the growing
fleet the number of fatal accidents is
“The truck accident rate won’t be
acceptable until it’s zero, but we are
making progress – and the changes
we are seeking will result in further
progress,” he said.
A chart showing the fatal
articulated truck accident rate from
1982 to 2016 is below.
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