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Euro NCAP ratings - fleet driver safety

Fleet are increasingly mandating Euro NCAP as the safety standard for cars and their drivers, they add to their options lists with most opting for a minimum of four or five stars.

As a business, you have a duty of care to your employees to make sure the cars they drive for work are as safe as possible. Driver safety is very important and in this section you can find out the Euro NCAP score for every car on the market today. Use the information when deciding which manufacturers and which models you wish to allow on your choice lists.

About the 2020 rating

In Adult Occupant Protection, there is a new frontal offset test which assesses how well a car interacts with its crash partners as well as how well it protects its occupants.

The side barrier impact is made more severe, with a greater trolley mass and a higher impact speed. Also in side impact, an assessment is now made of far-side occupant protection and the interaction between vehicle occupants in such impacts.

For the first time, points are awarded for post-crash safety – the resources and accommodation made for rapid rescue and safe extrication after a crash has happened.

The changed offset frontal and side barrier impacts will also influence the dynamic performance of the child dummies and the assessment of Child Occupant Protection.

The sub-component impact tests for the assessment of vulnerable road user (VRU) protection remain unchanged but additional test scenarios are added for autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems, including reversing and turning across the path of a pedestrian.

In Safety Assist, seatbelt reminder is incorporated into ‘occupant status monitoring’, which also includes systems to determine whether a driver is tired or otherwise impaired.

The performance of AEB systems against other vehicles, previously split between low- and high-speed assessments (in Adult Occupant Protection and Safety Assist respectively) is now combined into AEB car-to-car in Safety Assist.

2020 assessments differ significantly from previous years and star ratings should not be directly compared with those from earlier years.

View the latest safety ratings on the Euro NCAP website

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