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The Australian Road Rules (ARRs) are periodically reviewed to improve transport productivity, transport system safety and regulatory efficiency by ensuring that the ARRs remain contemporary and aligned with agreed policy.
We commenced work on the 13th amendment package in November 2018. The consultation period for this amendment package will remain open until the 23rd of September 2019 We expect to make recommendations to ministers in November 2019.
The 12th amendment package was approved by the Transport and Infrastructure Council in November 2017. The updated ARRs will:
- improve consistency in rules for pedestrians and cyclists
- clarify when to give change of direction signals
- move load restraint obligations into the law
- introduce nationally-consistent rules relating to motorcycle lane-filtering and approved motorcycle helmets along with other technical amendments.
The updates will apply to the Australian Road Rules model law and will need to be adopted by states and territories into their own laws to take effect.