A new road safety app is set to help drivers make better choices and save lives on Australian roads.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today joined with the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) to launch a new consumer information app developed to help Australians make safer vehicle choices.

The ‘ANCAP Safety’ app—the first of its kind globally—provides a new mechanism for consumers to access ANCAP safety rating information in the lead-up to a vehicle purchase, as well as provide additional safety-related content, features and news to see the conversation of safer vehicles continue post-purchase.

“Getting Australians to drive the safest car they can afford will help to reduce road trauma and by checking this app, vehicle buyers will be better informed before they make their choice,” Mr Chester said.

“Safer vehicles are a vital element of the Safe Systems approach to road safety and the Australian Government is proud to share this important new tool to enhance the safety of all Australian road users.”

“The app is a useful tool for those looking to buy a new car as it provides a wealth of safety information at their fingertips,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Mr James Goodwin.

“We would encourage all consumers to opt for the safest car that suits their needs and this app, which has easily comparable vehicle safety information, helps them do that.”

ANCAP safety ratings provide consumers with independent information on the comparable safety of new vehicles sold in Australia and complements the Commonwealth’s role as vehicle safety regulator.

The Australian Government has supported ANCAP since 2010, providing $8.25 million in funding to date, with a further $1.1 million committed for 2017-18.

For more information and to download the app visit: www.ancap.com.au/app