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Volvo Trucks welcomes ANCAP review

Plan to raise the testing standards used by ANCAP is welcome news, Volvo Trucks says

By Gary Worrall | September 17, 2010

A plan to raise the testing standards used by the Australian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) is welcome news, Volvo Trucks General Manager Gary Bone says.

Although the ANCAP rating system does not cover heavy vehicles, Bone says all road users will benefit from increased traffic safety.

“We are very enthusiastic about ANCAP’s announcement to raise standards with a view to encouraging the introduction of safer cars and technologies,” he says.

ANCAP Chair Lauchlan McIntosh says the review of standards is part of an ongoing process to encourage the early adoption of vehicle safety features.

“The ANCAP Roadmap takes its lead from the recent rating system changes introduced by EuroNCAP and ensures a continuation of ANCAP’s relationship with EuroNCAP and improved harmonisation of rating systems,” McIntosh says.

Bone says Volvo is “enthusiastic” about all advancements that provide a “safer traffic environment”, whether it is for trucks or cars.

He cites Volvo innovations that are now mandatory, including three point seatbelts, crash-testing truck cabs and the front underrun protection system (FUPS).

Among the measures being added to the ANCAP rating system are electronic stability control, daytime running lights, emergency brake assist, collision avoidance, lane departure warnings, driver fatigue systems and intelligent speed assist.

Bone says most features are offered in Volvo trucks.

“As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of heavy trucks, we are committed to our role in the safety effort: through our own development, through cooperation with others and by turning the spotlight on the issue of traffic safety,” Bone says.

“We have taken all our knowledge and experience and put them into our safety work, on public roads, test tracks and in research laboratories.”

While the majority of truck manufacturers use the European ECE R29 test for cabin crash worthiness, Bone says Volvo must conform to the tougher Swedish standard. It tests a single cab in multiple impacts, where ECE R29 allows a new cab to be used for each test.

In addition to the technologies being added to the ANCAP program, Bone says Volvo’s Electronic Stability Programme is an advanced stability-enhancing system that reduces the risk of roll-overs, skidding and jack-knifing in the event of a sudden manoeuvre, which is suitable for single trailer and B-double applications.

With these additional features adding to the up-front cost of a new truck, Bone says Volvo supports the effort by TIC to secure reduced insurance premiums for operators selecting safety options.

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