Safety request ignored
THE Federal and State governments have rejected a call for all their new fleet vehicles to have five-star safety ratings.
National Road Safety Council chairman Roger Cook cannot believe that governments will not make the change to safer vehicles.
‘‘Extra cost would be minimal because more than 50 per cent of all cars are now five-star rated,’’ he says.
‘‘What we are trying to accomplish is to get the car fleet modernised because it’s pretty old — about 10 years on average.
‘‘Those five-star government cars would then flow into the used car fleet in a couple of years, making them cheaper and more available to young people who have the highest casualty rates.
‘‘If all young drivers were in fivestar vehicles their accident rate would drop by 25 per cent.’’
Drivers under 25 years account for 13 per cent of the population but 24 per cent of road deaths, he says.
‘‘We have asked state and federal governments to move to five-star ratings and generally without exception they acknowledge it’s a good thing to do, but to be brutally frank there is not a lot of absolute commitment at the present,’’ he says.
‘‘Get the governments to do it and that will be a good example to the private sector.’’