Choosing a safe vehicle

Find out how well new vehicle models may protect their occupants in serious crashes and how to make safe choices for your vehicle.

  Promoting vehicle safety

We encourage manufacturers to improve primary and secondary vehicle safety design features by promoting vehicle safety initiatives.

Primary safety

Design features are those that improve a driver's ability to avoid an accident, such as effective fail-safe braking systems or unobstructed fields of view.

Secondary safety

Design features are those that provide increased occupant protection, such as seatbelts, air bags and crumple zones.

We work closely with the Road Safety Commission on a range of initiatives, including the promotion of safer vehicles in the workplace.

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  Encouraging the purchase of safer vehicles

Road safety research shows that there could be substantial benefits arising from encouraging the purchase of safer vehicles.

To assist in the development of effective strategies three strands of research have been conducted:

  • An analysis of the potential benefits and costs of more than 60 safety features that are available or under development.
  • An analysis of impediments to the uptake of these safety features, and
  • An analysis of the trends with the crash-worthiness of the West Australian light vehicle fleet.

Note:

Whilst this report was completed some time ago by the former Department for Planning and Infrastructure, the content is still valid.

LBU_R_EncouragePurchaseOfSaferVehicles.pdf icon Encouraging the purchase of safer vehicles: Main report Kb
LBU_R_EncouragePurchaseOfSaferVehiclesptA.pdf icon Encouraging the purchase of safer vehicles: Part A Kb
LBU_R_EncouragePurchaseOfSaferVehiclesptB.pdf icon Encouraging the purchase of safer vehicles: Part B Kb
LBU_R_EncouragePurchaseOfSaferVehiclesptC.pdf icon Encouraging the purchase of safer vehicles: Part C Kb

  Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR)

Man driving a car

To find out if your vehicle is listed on the Written-Off Vehicle Register or if the car you are buying has money owing on it, check out PPSR online.

To make a PPSR enquiry, you will only need to provide the chassis or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Note that there will be no provision for searching or registering an interest by plate or engine number on the PPS Register.

  • PPSR online.
  • Telephone PPSR on 1300 007 777.
  • PPSR online is administered by the Registrar of Personal Property Securities.

PPSR can tell you whether a vehicle, boat or farm machinery has money owing on it (encumbered) before making a purchase. This is important because a third party (e.g. a bank or finance company) may be able to repossess the vehicle you have purchased due to an encumbrance.

A search of the PPS Register will also create a request for vehicle information from the National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System - NEVDIS. Depending on the information NEVDIS holds, this will include written-off and stolen status information (if applicable) in addition to make, model, colour and other information.

External Link Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR)

  Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP)

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with information about how well new vehicle models may protect their occupants in serious crashes.

All Australian Automobile Association clubs, and the state government road and transport authorities in Western Australia, Queensland, NSW, South Australia and Victoria support the program.

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  Used car safety ratings

Used car safety ratings provide details on how a vehicle protects occupants in the event of a crash.

Thinking of buying a used car? Have you thought about the vehicle's safety rating?

To find out more visit the Road Safety Commission website.

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Page last updated: Mon Apr 23 2018 12:09:09 PM