Project: Euro NCAP: Testing Programme

Reference: S0048/VC

Last update: 05/05/2011 11:49:37

Objectives

The objectives of this project is to participate in the EuroNCAP programme and provide results for cars chosen by DfT. Specific objectives include:
* purchase of selected new cars for crash testing and arrange delivery of each car to the accredited test house;
* test cars according to the current EuroNCAP protocol;
* arrange for the crashed cars to be collected from the test house, delivered to the launch venue and returned to the test house;
* part fund the central costs of the EuroNCAP secretariat; and
* provide expert technical/scientific advice and support on behalf of the department in the further development of the programme.

Description

The New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) which became EuroNCAP was initiated by DfT and has been supported by the Swedish, Dutch, French and German Governments, the European Commission, FIA, European consumer and motoring organisations. Since its inception, EuroNCAP has been the catalyst for some of the improvements in occupant protection that Europe has seen. There have also been significant advances in restraint systems and the structural performance of most cars. Levels of passenger compartment intrusion have dramatically reduced in frontal impact, seat belt pre-tensioners and load limiters are more widely fitted, as are airbags for frontal and side impact protection.

The cars are crash tested in EuroNCAP accredited facilities according to the EuroNCAP testing protocol, which is currently based on EEVC test procedures for frontal, side and pedestrian impacts. Once the testing is completed, the cars and the instrumentation results are assessed according to the EuroNCAP current assessment protocol and biomechanical criteria and a rating assigned. A separate assessment is undertaken for the protection offered to pedestrians. The results of all models tested will be disseminated at each official EuroNCAP launch, which is nominally twice a year.

Ministers announced a new £2.7m funding package for the next 4 years in a press notice issued on 4 May 2001. This comprises four elements; car purchasing, expert support and testing, membership and launch fees which are independantly covered under projects S0045-48/VC.

Contractor(s)

EuroNCAP Partnership
50 Rue d'Arlon, B-1000 Bruxelles, B-1000 Bruxelles, postcode not available
[+32] 2 286 80 40

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £2,700,000.00

Actual start date: 01 May 2001

Actual completion date: 31 December 2007

Publication(s)

PR/SE/176/00. Comparison of EuroNCAP Assessments with Injury Causation in Accidents
Author: TRL Ltd
Publication date: 30/11/2000
Unpublished
Source: Contact: bob.moran@dft.gsi.gov.uk
More information: http://www.trl.co.uk/static/dft/pr_se_176_00.pdf