The Australian Government has shown its commitment to boosting the safety of new vehicles by committing to fund the ANCAP safety rating program for a further five years.

Assistant Minster for Infrastructure and Transport, Senator Carol Brown confirmed the Government’s commitment during ANCAP’s 30th anniversary commemorative celebrations in Sydney.

The Australian Government announced it will commit $16.3 million over five years to assist ANCAP in delivering and enhancing its independent passenger and light commercial vehicle safety test and rating program – including the prioritisation of ratings for electric vehicles.

The funding commitment will also help the organization to expand and test a broader range of vehicle types including commercial vans and large utilities like pick-up trucks.

“Every life lost on our roads is one too many, and this renewed commitment will have a direct impact on reducing the number of lives lost and serious injuries sustained on Australia’s roads,” said Senator the Hon. Carol Brown.

The Australian Government is one of 21 member organisations that provide funding to ANCAP.