Government backs app for safer car choices – October 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Infrastructure, IT,

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester says a new road safety app is set to help drivers make better choices and save lives on Australian roads.

Mr Chester joined with the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) to launch the information app developed to help Australians make safer vehicle choices.

The ‘ANCAP Safety’ app—the first of its kind globally—provides a mechanism for consumers to access ANCAP safety rating information in the lead-up to a vehicle purchase, as well as provide additional safety-related content, features and news. “Getting Australians to drive the safest car they can afford will help to reduce road trauma and by checking this app, vehicle buyers will be better informed before they make their choice,” Mr Chester said.

“Safer vehicles are a vital element of the Safe Systems approach to road safety and the Australian Government is proud to share this important new tool to enhance the safety of all Australian road users.”

ANCAP safety ratings provide consumers with independent information on the comparable safety of new vehicles sold in Australia and complements the Commonwealth’s role as vehicle safety regulator.

The Australian Government has supported ANCAP since 2010, providing $8.25 million in funding, with a further $1.1 million committed for 2017-18.

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