ANCAP safety ratings are published for a range of new passenger, sports utility (SUV) and light commercial vehicles (LCV) entering the Australian and New Zealand markets, using a rating system of 0 to 5 stars. ANCAP star ratings indicate the level of safety a vehicle provides for occupants and pedestrians in the event of a crash, as well as its ability — through technology — to avoid or minimise the effects of a crash.
Since 1993, ANCAP has published independent safety ratings for thousands of new vehicle makes, models and variants. These independent safety ratings are used to compare the relative safety between vehicles of similar size, and have become a critical factor in vehicle selection for private and fleet buyers.
ANCAP plays a vital role in not only informing consumers of the differences in safety performance of new vehicles entering the Australasian vehicle fleet, it also advocates for improved vehicle safety design and specification through public education campaigns, advocacy activities and engagement with governments, corporate fleets, the media and consumers.
ANCAP works within the Safe System principles. The Safe System approach recognises that people do make mistakes and that there are physical limits to the amount of force our bodies can take. Actions targeted to achieve safe roads, safe speeds, safe vehicles and safe people can work together to achieve this aim.
ANCAP’s Strategic Objectives are focussed around four key areas – to assess, influence, advocate and innovate - working with its members and partners to eliminate road trauma on Australian and New Zealand roads.
Undertake independent technical assessments and testing to improve vehicle safety for occupants and vulnerable road users.
Influence the automotive marketplace, fleets and users to choose the safest vehicle available.
Advocate for the uptake of safer vehicles and new technologies through education campaigns, research and policy advocacy.
Support achievement of ANCAP’s objectives by operating sustainably and driving innovation within the organisation and in the Australasian market.
ANCAP works in partnership with 23 member organisations.
These include the Australian and New Zealand automobile clubs, the Australian Federal, State and Territory governments, the New Zealand Government, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, IAG and the FIA Foundation.
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The ANCAP Board is responsible for the overall direction and corporate governance of ANCAP.
The ANCAP Secretariat is responsible for the ongoing operation, management and development of the ANCAP test, rating, communications and advocacy program, supported by a range of highly specialised technicians and vehicle safety experts.
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ANCAP is one of nine New Car Assessment Programs (NCAPs), or test programs, established around the world to promote safer vehicle choices for consumers. Other test programs are located in, and cover the markets of, Europe, the United States, Japan, Korea, China, Latin America and South East Asia.
Just like ANCAP, overseas test programs perform a range of tests and assessments on new passenger vehicles however the test protocols and calculation methods used differ, catering for respective jurisdictional and environmental differences. Because of these differences, as well as differences in the specification of models sold in Australia and New Zealand compared with those sold in other markets, safety ratings from overseas test programs should be used as a guide only.
To ensure accurate and relevant safety ratings are communicated to all consumers, a Brand Usage Protocol has been agreed between test programs whereby "the logo of the local NCAP only is to be used when advertising NCAP results." The safety ratings published by other test programs cannot therefore be applied to models sold in Australia and New Zealand.
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