Mandating ESC Will Save Lives


Australia’s peak motoring organisation, the Australian Automobile Association, today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement it will mandate the internationally recognised vehicle safety technology, Electronic Stability Control, from November 2011.

AAA Executive Director, Mike Harris, said the Government move to bring in ESC would prevent crashes, particularly single-vehicle crashes, reduce road trauma and save lives.

“AAA and Australia’s motoring clubs have been advocating for the mandate of ESC as soon as possible for some time, and we welcome this initiative which will see it in all new passenger vehicles from November 2011 and on all models from November 2013,” Mr Harris said.

“ESC is a proven life-saver – research from the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) showed ESC is particularly effective in reducing single vehicle accidents – a 27 per cent reduction in single car crashes and 68 per cent reduction in single-vehicle 4WD crashes.

“This is a major initiative in the safety and interests of millions of Australian motorists and their families.”


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