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The purpose of this project is to find a better way to regulate the safe use of technology devices as part of the road rules.

Developing technology-neutral road rules for driver distraction

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Purpose

The purpose of this project is to find a better way to regulate the safe use of technology devices as part of the Australian Road Rules.

Next steps

We are seeking feedback on a consultation regulation impact statement (RIS) about technology-neutral options to regulate driver distraction. Consultation closes on 21 August 2019.

We will then deliver a decision RIS for transport ministers’ consideration in May 2020.

Background

The Australian Road Rules relating to driver distraction from technology devices have not kept pace with the convergence in technology and are becoming quickly outdated. The rules focus on the type of technology being used rather than the function of the technology.

This project seeks to develop rules that focus on better outcomes for road users regardless of the technology used. The project should result in rules which manage the distraction risks posed by technology while encouraging innovation and ensuring technology that has the potential to improve safety is not inhibited.

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Project Manager Luis Gutierrez
Last Updated: 27/6/2019