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Thursday, 27 April 1972
Page: 2174

Mr Charles Jones asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

Which motor cars (a) manufactured in Australia, and (b) imported into Australia can withstand a (i) front end and (ii) rear end ,umber/barrier t test at (A) 2.5 m.p.h. (B) 5 m.p.h. (C) 10 m.p.h. (D) 15 m.p.h.

Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

At the present time there is no rule or legislation requiring locally manufactured or imported vehicles to withstand a front or rear end bumper impact at any speed. The Advisory Committee on Safety in Vehicle Design which reports to the Australian Advisory Transport Council is currently looking into this matter.

Australian Design Rule for Motor Vehicle Safety No. 10b provides that all passenger cars and derivatives manufactured on or after 1 January 1973 will be required to withstand a front end barrier collision at 30 m.p.h without rearward displacement of the steering column by more than 5 inches. This rule is to apply to both locally manufactured and imported vehicles at the time of first registration.

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