Federal Budget - Motorists welcome commitment to promote safer cars
The peak national motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has welcomed the Federal Government's commitment to provide additional funding to vehicle crash testing body, ANCAP, for a further two years.
"This is a welcome and significant investment to improve the safety of all road-users," AAA Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said.
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) is supported by a number of organisations including the Australian motoring clubs, state and territory governments, the Australian Government and vehicle manufacturers through donations of cars.
"There is growing consumer awareness and acceptance of ANCAP's crash ratings which has put welcome pressure on the automotive industry to improve the safety of their vehicles," he said.
"ANCAP has an important role to promote safer vehicles and provides valuable guidance to consumers on the safety rating of a vehicle," Mr McKellar said.
"This funding commitment will help ensure ANCAP can continue its important work to provide consumers with the confidence of knowing the safety rating of vehicles they might consider buying," he said.
The 2014-15 Budget will commit $2.2 million from the Australian Government to help support ANCAP for the next two years.