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April 03, 2018

Time to upgrade: Victorian drivers are being urged to buy new vehicles with the best available safety features.

Victorians are being urged to prioritise safety when buying a vehicle, after new data revealed more than two thirds of drivers and passengers killed on our roads last year were in a vehicle built more than 10 years ago.

This is in part due to the fact safety features, such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), electronic stability control (ESC), and side-curtain airbags are not as common on older cars.

Transport Accident Commission (TAC) lead director road safety Samantha Cockfield said the data highlighted the importance of getting safer vehicles onto Victorian roads and reducing the average age of the state’s fleet.

‘‘Our message to anyone buying a car — new or used — is to buy the safest car you can,’’ Ms Cockfield said.

There are about 4.6 million registered vehicles in Victoria and almost two million of those were built more than 10 years ago — more than 42 per cent.

‘‘Safety doesn’t mean buying a new luxury car, there are plenty of safe options out there that suit all budgets,’’ Ms Cockfield said.

Getting safer vehicles onto Victorian roads is also a key focus of the Victorian Government’s Towards Zero 2016-2020 road safety plan.

The Safer Vehicles and Technology package will see all government vehicles required to be fitted with the best available safety features, and with a minimum five-star ANCAP safety rating.

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