Mazda 2 side impact

The Australian government has announced that it will soon introduce tougher rules for side impact crash testing for light passenger and commercial vehicles. The new regulation, which is part of the new Australian Design Rule (ADR) has been endorsed by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

The new ADR for pole side impact performance is set to commence for light passenger vehicles on November 1, 2017 and light commercial vehicles on July 1, 2018. The new ADR is in line with the United Nations Global Technical Regulation (GTR) 14.

The new United Nations GTR 14 was developed over five years, with the involvement of Canada, China, the European Commission, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.

BMW 2 Series side impact

The GTR’s goal is to bring standardisation to the diverse crash testing methods and technologies used around the world in various countries. This includes harmonisation in regulation and in voluntary standards. Australia represents the first country to introduce the new regulation.

ANCAP has required vehicles to undergo a pole side impact test since 2003 in order to be eligible for a five-star safety rating. This has led to a significant increase in the fitment of curtain airbags providing, substantial reductions in injury in side impacts. The ASEAN NCAP here doesn’t include any side impact testing.

“We work to continually raise the safety bar in the vehicle fleet and will modify the pole side impact test from 2018 to make it more demanding for new vehicles to be able to earn a five-star safety rating,” ANCAP CEO Mr James Goodwin said.