Centre for Road Safety

The large interior of the Crash Barrier test facility.

Tests evaluate safety

The Crash Barrier is a purpose built world-class test facility. Vehicle crash tests can assess the risk of injury to vehicle occupants during different impact situations. The subject of the test may be the vehicle (against 'standard' objects) or the road safety barrier (by crashing 'standard' vehicles into the barrier).


Aim of Crashlab tests

Consumer awareness

The quickest way to influence the availability and purchase of safer vehicles is to demonstrate to a wide audience the practical consequences of these features. Programs such as ANCAP supply buyers with impartial information on the safety performance of vehicles, allowing safety ratings to become a significant factor in vehicle marketing and purchasing. Crashlab conducts Frontal Offset, Side Impact and Pole Side Impact testing on behalf of ANCAP.

Policy development

Crashlab is owned by the NSW Government and supports the development of appropriate State policy through the evaluation of 'real world' scenarios and interpretations that may not be covered by existing standards or regulations.

Vehicle standards research and development

Vehicle standards require ongoing review and development to ensure that they are relevant and appropriate for the current vehicle fleet and/or prevalent injury mechanisms. Crashlab conducts standards research and development crash tests with State, Federal and international research partners.

Commercial crash testing

Crashlab is available on a commercial basis to conduct vehicle and road safety barrier product development programs and certification crash tests to Australian, European and US crash testing standards.


Crashing the side of a vehicle into a barrier.

Accurate test facility

The Crash Barrier features a 480 square metre central crash hall, 180m of fully enclosed concrete runway and a movable 110 tonne crash reaction block. A further 30m of uncovered runway leads out into an outdoor area where vehicle roll-over and road safety barrier tests are conducted. The DC drive control system can accurately and safely accelerate an eight tonne truck from rest to 80km/h or a three tonne vehicle up to 110km/h.


For commercial test enquiries, please email colin.jackson@rms.nsw.gov.au