House of Representatives Committees

House Standing Committee on Road Safety

Inquiry into passenger motor vehicle safety

Report

On 2 June 1976, the Standing Committee on Road Safety tabled its report entitled Passenger motor vehicle safety.

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This report is available in three parts to reduce download size.
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This report is comprised of preliminary pages, 15 chapters and 23 appendices.

Passenger motor vehicle safety

Part A: Preliminary pages up to Chapter 6 (PDF 7414KB)
Committee Membership, Contents, Report from Committee, Sub-Committee Report, Sub-Committee Membership and List of Abbreviations

Ch1: Introduction

Ch2: The vehicle aspect of road safety
Ch3: The Federal Government's role in passenger motor vehicle safety
Ch4: The Australian Transport Advisory Council
Ch5: Manufacturers' approach to vehicle safety
Ch6: Cost of vehicle safety

Part B: Chapter 7 to Chapter 12 (PDF 9854KB)
Ch7: Recalls and defective vehicles
Ch8: Quality control, inspection and testing
Ch9: Accident avoidance
Ch10: Occupant protection
Ch11: Pedestrian safety
Ch12: Roadworthiness

Part C: Chapter 13 to Appendix 23 (end) (PDF 6477KB)
Ch13: Consumer protection
Ch14: Vehicle accident data
Ch15: Research

Appendix 1: List of witnesses
Appendix 2 Summary of legislative and administrative action as at November 1975 taken to implement recommendations of the Committee's first and second reports
Appendix 3: Objects and Functions of the Road Safety and Standards Authority (extract from Road Safety and Standards Authority Act 1975)
Appendix 4: Australian Transport Advisory Council Structure
Appendix 5: Application of Australian Design Rules by vehicle category and date
Appendix 6: Australian Design Rules for Motor Vehicle Safety
Appendix 7: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Regulations not included in Design Rules
Appendix 8: Proposed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety 301 Standards (FMVSS) and proposed Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Regulations not included in Design Rules
Appendix 9: Industrial Research and Development Grants to Vehicle and Component Manufacturers 1969-1974
Appendix 10: General Motors-Holden's Pty Ltd HJ Alphabetical Option Chart
Appendix 11: Details of manufacturing costs and retail prices resulting from the fitment of safety related Australian Design Rules over the period 1969 to 1975 for General Motors-Holden's Pty Ltd, Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited and Chrysler Australia Ltd
Appendix 12: Summary of faults discovered in new vehicles presented for acceptance to the Directorate of Army Quality Assurance, December 1974 to May 1975
Appendix 13: Extract from "A Uniform Code of Practice for Safety Related Defect Campaigns", Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, June 1975
Appendix 14: Statistical Summary of Safety Related Defect Campaigns, September 1972 - June 1975, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries
Appendix 15: Percentage of vehicle sales of Local Manufacturers by Colour
Appendix 16: Sample survey over one week in the Australian Capital Territory of defects resulting in vehicle rejection and non safety related defects which did not result in vehicle rejection, 1975: Summary
Appendix 17: Sample survey over one week In the Australian Capital Territory of defects resulting in vehicle rejection and non safety related defects which did not result in vehicle rejection, 1975: Type of defect
Appendix 18: Australian Bureau of Statistics Working Group Paper on Road Traffic Accidents
Appendix 19: Copy of Accident Report Form as used by Victoria Police as at 1 July 1974
Appendix 20: Press release on road accident research contract, University of Adelaide
Appendix 21: Outline of S3E Concept
Appendix 22: S3E Concept, inter-relationship of energy, safety and environment
Appendix 23: S3E Concept, relationship between energy and safety and energy and environment

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