The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has ‘slammed’ State Governments and the Federal Government for not creating targets to help reduce the national average of vehicle fleet age with fatalities higher in accidents including older vehicles.
While ANCAP Chief Executive James Goodwin has said that the rising road toll is a dilemma for everyone and that ANCAP is concerned of the age of vehicles on the road, he has also stated that, “There’s no one size fits all and it’s going to take time.”
Following a review of road fatalities over the last three years, ANCAP recommended that vehicles older than 15 years should be phased out to reduce road deaths.
ANCAP’s recent study revealed that vehicles aged five years or less represented 31% of all passenger vehicles, yet were involved in only 13% of deaths. Older vehicles, (built before 2000), represented only 20% of the fleet but were involved in 35% of all fatalities. This means that occupants of older vehicles were killed in a vehicle accident at four times the rate of those in vehicles made between 2011 and 2016.
There is overwhelming evidence both internationally and nationally that vehicle inspections will improve the quality of vehicles on our roads. There are a number of other initiatives that can be taken to reduce the needless loss of life on our roads including greater education for drivers, better quality roads and incentives to encourage the updating of vehicle fleets.The MTA will also continue to communicate with the State Government about the introduction of a compulsory light vehicle inspection scheme to identify and reduce unsafe vehicles on the road.