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Democratizing Car Safety: Road Map for Safer Cars 2020

Presentation by:

David Ward , Secretary General, Global New Car Assessment Programme

165th Session World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations Geneva 10 March 2015

1NCAPs Promoting Safer CarsWorldwideNCAPs promote a market for safety by raising awareness of the car buying public, andrewarding manufacturers that build the safest cars. There are now nine NCAPs active inAsia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the USA. Global NCAP provide a platform forcooperation among NCAPs and supports their development in rapidly motorising regions.


Recent Developments

2014 Annual Meeting hosted by CNCAP at CATARC in Tianjin, China

Joined the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Initiative 2015-19

Appointed ADAC Technik Zentrum as Official Technical Partner 2015-17


In high income countries government regulation and consumer information promoted by NCAPs havestimulated technology innovation that has saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

This progress is the combination of regulatory push and demand pull. The challenge now is to promote this successful formula worldwide especially in rapidly motorising middle income countries.

Global standards promote economies of scale that reduce cost ; and stronger consumer awareness creates demand for safer cars. This democratisation of car safety will grow the global market for safer cars and support the life saving goals of the UN Decade of Action 2011-2020.

Car Safetys Winning Formula: Regulatory Push & Demand Pull


Car Markets & Fatality Ratesby Country Income Groups 5 The UN Decade of Action for Road Safety: Promoting World Forum Regulations

Improving global road safety - General Assembly Resolution 68/269 April 2014

Reaffirms the role and importance of the United Nations legal instruments on road safety, such as the 1958 and 1998 agreements of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations, in facilitating road safety at the global, regional and national levels, and encourages Member States that have not yet done so to consider becoming contracting parties and, beyond accession, applying, implementing and promoting their provisions or safety regulations

6Latin NCAP Progress Report

Since 2010 Latin NCAP has tested 50 models. The results show that the regions top selling cars are twenty years behindEuropean or American safety standards. However, there are signs of progress withmore four and five star cars now on themarket.

In July 2013 the first ever five star result was awarded to the Seat New Leon. In 2014 this has been followed bya further four five star models.

With support from the InterAmericanDevelopment Bank (IDB) Global & LatinNCAP have also begun a training initiativefor government officials initially fromEcuador and Mexico.

77ASEAN NCAP Progress Report

ASEAN NCAPs first phase tests focussed on the smalland sedan passenger car. The results were launched in January 2013 and comprised seven models andeight ratings varying from one to five stars.Phase Two results were released in August 2013. For this phase eleven cars were crash tested with most achieving a four star rating. The Toyota Prius, Honda Civic and Subaru XV each achieved five stars.

Phase Three results were released in August 2014 andfeatured the Perodua Axia, the most affordable fourstar car yet tested (USD 8,000).

Also at the Asian Development Bank, Global & ASEAN NCAP hosted in June a regional training workshop for government officials on regulations and consumertesting for vehicle safety.

88Safer Cars for India Project

Our Indian Project has now tested seven models:

Ford Figo Hyundai i10 Maruti AltoTata Nano Volkswagen Polo (+/-airbags)Maruti Suzuki Swift (+/- airbags)Datsun Go

All non airbag cars scored zero stars. The VW with airbags scored four stars and the Swift withairbags (sold in Latin America) scored three stars.

The project has acted as a catalyst for action by both car makers and the Government of India. VW and Toyota are making air bags standard on theirIndian cars and the Government will makeUN crash tests mandatory from 2017.

9Global NCAPs Road Map for Safer Cars :

Calls for the democratisation of car safety by the combination of stronger consumer information and universal application of minimum UN standards for crash protection and avoidance.

Proposes ten key recommendations including the phased application to all new cars of the UNs front, side and pedestrian impact crash tests and the anti-skid system, electronic stability control, by 2020 at the latest.

Will be submitted to the 2nd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety to be held on 18-19 November 2015 hosted by the government of Brazil.

Democratizing Car Safety: A Road Map for Safer Cars 2020


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