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Collaborating with state and territory road and police agencies, the NHVR and public prosecutors to develop national enforcement guidelines that clarify regulatory concepts of control and proper control for different levels of driving automation.

Clarifying control of automated vehicles

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Purpose

The purpose of this project is to develop national enforcement guidelines that clarify regulatory concepts of control and proper control for different levels of driving automation.

Next steps

The national enforcement guidelines for automated vehicles were approved by the Transport and Infrastructure Council in November 2017.

The purpose of these national enforcement guidelines is to:

  1. provide guidance about how the requirement of proper control in Australian Road Rule 297 should apply to vehicles with automated functions
  2. confirm that the human driver is responsible for complying with road traffic laws when a vehicle has conditional automation engaged at a point in time.

Police agencies will now incorporate the guidelines in operational policies and procedures to apply the road rules to automated vehicles.

The accompanying policy paper provides further information and summarises the responses we received from consultation. The national enforcement guidelines, including the policy position that the human driver remains responsible for a vehicle with conditional automation, will be reviewed after amendments to the driving laws to recognise automated driving system entities. Such amendments to driving laws are being considered as part of the National Transport Commission’s (NTC) changing driving laws to support automated vehicles project.

Background

Our work in this area began in November 2015 after the Transport and Infrastructure Council asked us to identify regulatory barriers to safely introducing more automated road and rail vehicles in Australia.

In November 2016, the NTC released a policy paper, Regulatory reforms for automated road vehicles. This concluded a one year project to research the regulatory barriers and develop recommendations to support future reform.

Transport ministers approved all eight recommendations outlined in the policy paper and charged the NTC with delivering the recommended regulatory reform agenda.

The NTC published a discussion paper, Clarifying control of automated vehicles, in April 2017. We received 30 public submissions.

For more information, see Automated vehicles in Australia.

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Project Manager James Williams
Last Updated: 13/11/2017