Safer cars for country kids

Upgrade to a safer vehicle

The Safer Cars for Country Kids program aims to help get young drivers in regional NSW into newer and safer vehicles by providing a subsidy when they trade in their older, less safe vehicle.

The program is currently being considered by the NSW Government.

43% of cars driven by young drivers in fatal crashes are more than 15 years old.

Rural areas are often less quick in the uptake of 5-star Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) rated light vehicles.


Many young drivers are likely to inherit an old family car or buy an older, cheaper or less safe vehicle as their first car. These vehicles aren't as safe as newer models with advanced safety technologies. Young people living in the country face higher risks on our roads, as they often spend more time on the road, drive longer distances and travel on higher speed roads.

Safer Cars for Country Kids aligns with our 2026 Road Safety Action Plan to increase the use of safer vehicles by younger and disadvantaged drivers in regional areas, and remove less safe vehicles from the system.

Please refer back to this web page for further updates. 

Advanced safety features in newer vehicles have been proven to reduce crashes and may include:

Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)

Autonomous emergency braking alerts you when a crash is about to happen and applies the brakes in a critical situation.

Lane keeping system technologies

Lane keeping system technologies warn the driver when the vehicle is leaving its lane and provide steering input to correct the vehicle.