23 nov 23

Euro NCAP and Australia’s ANCAP join forces for vehicle safety

Euro NCAP and ANCAP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), cementing the strong ties between the two regional safety organisations and paving the way for closer collaboration in the future. 

Euro NCAP’s President and senior management team, including Niels Ebbe Jacobsen, President; Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary-General; Aled Williams, Programme Director, and Richard Schram, Technical Director, are in Australia from 20 to 24 November 2023 to mark ANCAP’s 30th Anniversary

Australia ranks well in road safety, with an annual death rate per 100,000 population of 4.7%, according to the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics (BITRE). The global average is 18.1%. However, recent reports have highlighted a worsening of road safety in the land down under. 

During the 12 months to the end of October 2023, there were 1,247 road deaths in Australia, an increase of 6.5% from the 12 months ending October 2022. An article in The Guardian in May suggested this could be attributed to several issues following the COVID-19 pandemic, including exposure (how much people are driving), driver behaviour, vehicle choice and road design. 

Australia’s targets for reducing road accidents

The country is now in danger of not meeting its ambitious road safety targets of reducing deaths by 50% by 2030, set out in 2021 by the National Road Safety Strategy.

Euro NCAP and ANCAP first signed an MOU in 1999 to assist with aligning test protocols and results; this new MOU signals the continued strength of Euro NCAP’s and ANCAP’s shared mission. The new MOU has been prepared to reflect the evolution of ANCAP and Euro NCAP over the past three decades, the technological advancements in vehicle safety, and changing regulatory and environmental objectives. The Boards of Euro NCAP and ANCAP have agreed to maintain alignment in the future. 

The 2023 MOU was signed by Euro NCAP President Niels Ebbe Jacobsen and ANCAP Chair Andy Cornish during the 30th Anniversary Commemorative event at Crashlab, Sydney, on Wednesday, 22 November 2023. 

Marking an anniversary

Commenting on the announcement, Niels Ebbe Jacobsen, Euro NCAP President, said: “This collaboration is a strong alliance that has further inspired global safety standards, and it is important that we continue to push forward this shared mission in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Looking forward, this MOU will assist us in meeting the challenges of advancements and enable us to work together more efficiently to meet the demands of our consumers. I congratulate ANCAP on reaching the important milestone of their 30th Anniversary, which underscores their long history and commitment to safety. May this relationship long continue!” 

In a similar vein, Andy Cornish, ANCAP Chair, said: “Euro NCAP and ANCAP first entered an MOU with Euro NCAP back in 1999, and since then, ANCAP’s ability to influence vehicle safety specification and encourage vehicle manufacturers to improve the level of passive and active safety provided in new cars sold in Australia and New Zealand has been assisted significantly. Our relationship over the decades has remained very strong, and I am pleased to be able further cement this collaboration through the updating of this MOU today. The MOU underscores our shared commitment – our shared mission – to improve the safety of new vehicles for consumers and fleet operators now and into the future.”

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Authored by: Alison Pittaway