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Australian Automobile Association welcomes new vehicle safety design standard

17.12.2015

Australia’s peak motoring body welcomes today’s announcement that the Australian Government has approved a new vehicle design standard that will increase vehicle safety and better protect Australian road users.

The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has for more than five years been actively supporting the Government’s efforts to develop the new Australian Design Rule for the Improved Protection of Vehicle Occupants in Side Impact Crashes.

The new standard will ensure that all new light vehicles will be subjected to new mandatory pole side impact tests.

AAA Chief Executive Michael Bradley acknowledged the work of the Australian Government in leading the development of this important international road safety regulation through the United Nations.

Mr Bradley said: “Side impact crashes are a significant cause of road trauma in Australia and AAA commends the Australian Government and the Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher on this important road user safety initiative.

“Improving the safety of Australia’s car fleet is a critical component of Australia’s current National Road Safety Strategy and it is very pleasing to see this action being implemented.

“I am particularly encouraged by the Minister’s comments today that Australia will be the first country to implement this new standard.

“Reducing the number of people killed and injured on Australian roads has to remain an issue of the highest importance to our national Government.”

More than 1,000 people still die every year on Australia’s roads and it is estimated that more than 30,000 others are seriously injured in road crashes around the nation annually.

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