Australian Design Rule Development Program and Public Comment

The development of the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) continues as part of a program which includes amendments to existing ADRs, introduction of new ADRs, as well as a full review of existing ADRs where possible every ten years.

A number of changes to ADRs have been considered, including those detailed in the Safe Vehicles section of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–20 (NRSS) and corresponding National Road Safety Action Plans. Additional safety technologies that build on this body of work are currently being considered in the National Road Safety Strategy 2021–30 led by the Office of Road Safety.

Actions under the Strategy that have already been completed include antilock brake systems for motorcycles, protection of occupants in side impacts with narrow objects such as poles and trees, antilock or load proportioning brake systems for heavy vehicles, electronic stability control for light commercial vehicles, stability control systems for heavy vehicles and roll stability systems for heavy trailers.

Public comment on draft ADR amendments, draft new ADRs and draft reviews of existing ADRs is an important part of the process.

Consultation on Regulation Impact Statement for Reducing Trauma from Light Vehicles: Autonomous Emergency Braking

Under the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020 (NRSS), the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications works to increase the uptake of effective safety technologies through the development of national vehicle standards known as the Australian Design Rules (ADRs). The ADRs are national standards under the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 and the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA) and apply to all new vehicles.

One of the safety technologies to be considered is Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems for new light vehicles. The department has prepared a consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) which considers a range of policy options to increase the fitment of AEB systems to new passenger and light vehicles, in order to reduce light vehicle rear impact and pedestrian trauma.

Light vehicle AEB systems detect likely collisions with pedestrians and/or vehicles within the lane in front, provide a warning, and if the driver does not respond, automatically applies the brakes.

demonstration of pedestrian or vehicle collision detection

The consultation RIS identifies AEB systems as an effective countermeasure to road trauma caused by passenger and light vehicles, capable of mitigating rear impact and pedestrian crashes as a mature technology. AEB could contribute considerably to the NRSS target of reducing Australian road trauma by at least 30 per cent.

The RIS considers a range of options to increase the fitment and effectiveness of light vehicle AEB systems. Of these, the three most viable options were examined in detail: no intervention (business as usual); the introduction of user information campaigns; and the implementation of mandatory standards under the road vehicle standards legislation.

In accordance with the Australian Government Guide to Regulation (2014) ten principles for Australian Government policy makers, the policy option offering the greatest net benefit is the recommended option. The implementation of mandatory standards under the road vehicle standards legislation is expected to save the highest number of lives (586) as well as have the greatest effect in mitigating or avoiding serious (20,600) and minor (73,937) injuries. Expected to yield the highest savings ($2,645 million) and highest benefit-cost ratio range of 1.6 (likely) to 2 (best) it is the recommended option.

The Department invites any interested persons or parties to review the RIS. The opportunity to provide feedback will remain open for an eight-week public comment period.

Please note that information provided as part of any feedback provided will be handled in accordance with our privacy notice.

Please complete and forward the feedback form by close of business 11 December 2020 to:

Linda Rasmussen
Vehicle Safety Standards Branch
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
GPO Box 594
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Email: standards@infrastructure.gov.au

The public comment period closes on 11 December 2020.

Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice

Consultation on Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) for Reducing Trauma from Light Vehicles: Autonomous Emergency Braking

Your submission, including any personal information supplied, is being collected by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications for the purpose of public consultation on the RIS for Reducing Trauma from Light Vehicles: Autonomous Emergency Braking, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act).

The Department will use this information to inform future decision-making in regard to this RIS process.

Your personal information will be stored securely by the Department. It may be used by the Department to make further contact with you about the consultation process. Your personal information will not be disclosed to any other third parties, except in the circumstances outlined below.

Submissions, in part or full, including the name of the author may be published on the Department's website or in the Government's response, unless the submission is confidential. Confidential submissions (including author name) will not be published. Private addresses and contact details will not be published or disclosed to any third parties unless required by law.

Submissions will only be treated as confidential if they are expressly stated to be confidential. Automatically generated confidentiality statements or disclaimers appended to an email do not suffice for this purpose. If you wish you make a confidential submission, you should indicate this by ensuring your submission is marked confidential.

Confidential submissions will be kept securely and will only be disclosed in the following circumstances:

  • in response to a request by a Commonwealth Minister;
  • where required by a House or a Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia; or
  • where required by law.

The Department may also disclose confidential submissions within the Commonwealth of Australia, including with other Commonwealth agencies, where necessary in the public interest.

Please note that in order to protect the personal privacy of individuals in accordance with the Privacy Act any submissions containing sensitive information, personal information or information which may reasonably be used to identify a person or group of people may not be published, even if not marked as confidential.

The Department's privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the Department. The Privacy Officer can be contacted on (02) 6274 6495 or at privacy@infrastructure.gov.au.

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Last Updated: 16 October, 2020