The European New Car Assessment Programme or Euro NCAP is a European assessment program which measures car safety. It is designed to provide drivers with an independent, realistic assessment of their vehicle’s safety and it also lets you compare the safety of different vehicles. Euro NCAP provides manufacturers with an incentive to improve the safety of their cars. In fact, the scheme has had an important influence when it comes to improving road safety, reducing the number of casualties from road accidents.
How does Euro NCAP work?
Members of the scheme each pay an annual subscription – each year they must put at least one model of car forward for testing. Whilst manufacturers can fund the testing of their own vehicles, it’s not possible for them to influence the way in which cars are tested or the outcome – NCAP is in control of the assessment process. By law, all vehicles sold in the EU must meet ‘European Whole Vehicle Type Approval’ standards. This means cars must meet the legislation requirements for safety, noise, emissions etc.
Reducing road traffic accidents
Euro NCAP regularly makes adjustments to its assessment procedure, which in turn encourages vehicle manufacturers to continually make improvements to car safety. The scheme awards cars with a new star rating after they undergo a series of tests including impact, child protection and emergency braking tests; vehicles can receive a maximum score of five stars. Reducing road traffic accidents across the UK and the EU will help to reduce the number of claims for accident compensation and help to keep insurance costs down for drivers.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
Sometimes, no matter how safe your car is or how good a driver you are, you will be involved in a car accident. Contact Accident Advice Helpline and we’ll be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim or not. Ensuring your car has been tested under the NCAP scheme means you can rest assured it’s safe to drive – making sure it is regularly serviced and MOT’d helps too of course. If you have been involved in an accident that you believe was someone else’s fault, contact us today and we will gather evidence to support your claim. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers can offer confidential, no-obligation advice, so get in touch on our freephone helpline 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim whether you have suffered whiplash or been seriously injured in a road traffic accident.
Source: Euron Cap