Governments Should Purchase 4-Star Utes
Australia’s peak motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association, today challenged governments to ensure their workers have safe vehicles that are 4-star rated.
AAA’s Director of Research & Policy, John Metcalfe, called on governments to use their fleet purchase power to ensure their vehicles were as safe as possible and force manufacturers to ensure the latest safety features are available for all motorists.
Mr Metcalfe’s call follows the release by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) today of its latest safety ratings for utility vehicles. The ANCAP star ratings show only one ute, the Holden Commodore, rated 4 stars for safety. The Nissan Navara and the Mazda BT50 gained a 3-star rating and the recently available Indian model, the Mahindra Pik-up, rated 2 stars.
The Commodore ute achieved a 4-star result and also provided a range of safety features – including anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control (ESC) – as standard.
While congratulating Holden on its 4-star result, Mr Metcalfe said there was still more that could be done to improve safety levels in utility vehicles.
“Generally, these utes get a lot of work, whether they are on a farm or for private and commercial use, so it is important they are as safe as possible,” Mr Metcalfe said.
“One way to ensure this safety is for governments – who have tremendous leverage with manufacturers because they purchase so many vehicles – to demand 4-star minimum safety standards for their fleet vehicles.
“The Tasmanian Government has just announced it is including a 4-star standard in its purchasing policy and we encourage all governments and major fleet purchasers to do the same.
“Such purchasing policies will mean these safety standards will become standard across all models – in the interests of all motorists, their families and all road users.”
ANCAP’s latest safety ratings and ratings for Australian vehicles can be viewed at www.ancap.com.au.