What is the problem?
The average age of our light vehicles is 14 years old. This is old by international standards and it means our vehicles are less safe than those in other countries with more modern fleets.
Older vehicles generally have fewer safety features and technology providing less protection & warnings to their occupants in the event of a crash or near miss.
What are we doing about it?
There is significant room for improvement in our current vehicle fleet. We will encourage vehicles with the latest safety features to enter the New Zealand fleet as soon as possible to replace old vehicles that do not have these safety technologies. We will also encourage businesses & parents to buy the safest ANCAP rated vehicle for company vehicles including their children with the budget available, rather than the cheapest vehicle they can afford.
Vehicle safety technologies can improve road safety in three ways:
- preventing crashes (e.g. through electronic stability control, lane departure, collision control)
- protecting drivers and their passengers in the event of a crash (e.g. air bags and restraints)
- protecting other road users in the event of a crash (e.g. through a less rigid vehicle front structure, under run treatments on heavy vehicles).
http://rightcar.govt.nz/ – Safety tips when buying a car.