27 Mar 2018

Young driver incentives a welcome way to encourage safer vehicle choices.

Australasia’s independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, supports the call from the NRMA to address young driver safety through registration incentives.

The Come Home Safe report issued by the NRMA today highlights the importance of keeping younger drivers safe on our roads with this demographic over-represented in road crashes. One of the report’s key recommendations to assist young drivers into safer vehicles is to offer a registration discount to provisional drivers who register a 5 star ANCAP safety rated vehicle.

“Our young and provisionally licenced drivers are some of our most at-risk on the roads, and incentives to make it more affordable for them to travel in safer cars is to be commended,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.

“We tend to see younger and less experienced drivers travel in older, less safe vehicles which presents a double-vulnerability.”

“This is as much an affordability issue as it is a safety issue and we must look at all available options,” Mr Goodwin said.

“ANCAP strongly supports the leadership shown by the NRMA in putting forward ideas to encourage safer vehicle choices as a renewed focus is needed if we are to combat current road trauma levels.”

The NRMA is a founding member of ANCAP, committed to improving the safety of the Australasian vehicle fleet since 1992. ANCAP is supported by 23 member organisations from across Australia and New Zealand – www.ancap.com.au/our-members.

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