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Scania welcomes Euro NCAP’s truck testing

14 JUNE 2024

• Scania is intent on reaching for the stars by learning and being influenced by Euro NCAP’s testing of heavy trucks for increased safety

• An important step for the manufacturers with potential for making a difference

• Positive that ambitious brands now can be rewarded for their work; it is hard to over-estimate the influence Euro NCAP have had on passenger cars.

Scania participated at NCAP 24 in Munich, a conference where a new system for safety testing of heavy trucks was officially presented by the Euro NCAP organisa­tion. The first round of test results will be disclosed in November this year. The Euro NCAP testing of heavy trucks goes beyond legal demands and has the potential over time to be a true driving force for increased safety, especially for vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.


“We see the Euro NCAP initiative as part of a new and interesting aspect in our develop­ment pro­cesses,” says Jacob Thärnå, Head of Sustainable Transports at Scania Trucks. “We at Scania have a solid reputation for our longstanding work with both active and passive safety in and around our trucks. The Euro NCAP testing will hopefully inspire the whole industry to step up their game and reach for the Euro NCAP stars.”


Heavy trucks in Europe are subject to exhaustive legal demands and strict regulations regarding aspects such as weight, length, speed and driving times. But up until now the industry has lacked a common system for evaluating non-mandatory safety aspects and functions in a uniform, neutral way.


“Assessing safety-related functionality in trucks is a lot more complicated task than it is for passenger cars,” says Thärnå. “Heavy trucks are very diverse and they are made that way for a reason. Euro NCAP’s approach to start on a small scale and learn as they go is a wise decision; it is complicated, for instance, to evaluate basic functions like road handling and manoeuvrability while they are both extremely im­portant – and brand differentiating – from a safety aspect.”


According to Euro NCAP, heavy goods vehicles represent 1.5 percent of all vehicles on Europe’s roads but are involved in 15 percent of all road fatalities. Part of the explanation is that trucks are driven longer distances – often up to ten times more – than passenger cars, but it is still a fact that heavy trucks are over-represented in fatal accidents.


“The sheer size of trucks and their need for space are contributing factors, and that is why advanced driver assisting systems are so valuable,” says Thärnå. “We see a rapid deve­lopment and use of sensors and cameras, and from Scania’s side we are convinced that they will help drive further increased safety for trucks as well. One should not have blind faith in support systems though; direct vision and skilled drivers are still basic and essential for true safety.”

About Euro NCAP and ”Safer trucks” (from Euro NCAP):

In 2023, Euro NCAP is beginning its journey to provide accurate and detailed safety information about heavy trucks (HGVs). Euro NCAP believe we can help many countries across Europe achieve their ‘Vision Zero’ target and end traffic-related fatalities. At the same time Euro NCAP wishes to motivate truck manufacturers, fleet operators, hauliers and city and road authorities to consider safety as a strategic business goal, creating a safer environment for trucks drivers and other road users


Vision Zero for road casualties will not be achieved without taking action to improve the safety performance of commercial vehicles. Statistics estimate that heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) or trucks represent around 1.5% of vehicles on Europe’s roads and around 6% of all traffic. They are used more intensively than other vehicles and, per vehicle, they are substantially over-represented in the most serious collisions, causing 15% of fatalities.


To read more about Euro NCAP’s testing here