Current projects

Current projects on our work program

Project
Status

Automated vehicle trial guidelines

Developing national guidelines for on-road trials of automated vehicles in Australia.

Analysing issues

Clarifying control of automated vehicles

Developing national enforcement guidelines that clarify regulatory concepts of control and proper control for different levels of driving automation.

Analysing issues

Safety assurance system for automated vehicles

Designing a risk-based safety assurance regime that assesses the safety of applicant vehicles against agreed safety criteria.

Analysing issues

Assessing the effectiveness of the PBS marketplace and identifying barriers to vehicle design innovation

A review of the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme and its operating marketplace.

Analysing issues

Review of HVNL investigative and enforcement powers

This review will identify potential regulatory or operational reforms to reduce complexity and improve effectiveness.

Analysing issues

Land Transport Regulation 2040

How could or should we regulate land transport in the future?

Analysing issues

Forward looking cost base prototype

A research project aimed at developing a forward looking cost base model

Analysing issues

Review of heavy vehicle cost base allocators

This review of cost base allocators aims to provide assurance that pricing systems are based on a sound understanding of how heavy vehicle use affects road costs

Analysing issues

Who moves what where

Filing information gaps about the market structure of transport operators to inform future transport planning and policy development.

Analysing options

National Land Transport Productivity Framework

Supporting decision makers in improving transport productivity.

Analysing options

Increasing allowed volume where mass is not the constraint

Investigating ways to improve the productivity of volume constrained freight.

Analysing options

Heavy Vehicle National Law maintenance

Working with stakeholders to review and maintain the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

Analysing options

Vehicle Standards Maintenance

Working with stakeholders to review and maintain the existing Australian Light Vehicle Standards Rules.

Analysing options

Load Restraint Guide maintenance

Working with stakeholders to review and maintain the Load Restraint Guide.

Analysing options

Australian Defence Force Exemption Framework maintenance

Working with stakeholders to review and maintain the framework.

Analysing options

Australian Dangerous Goods Code maintenance

Working with stakeholders to review and maintain the Australian Dangerous Goods Code.

Scoping

Case studies of access management decisions to support road managers

Gathering examples of access management best practice in order to support road managers to make improved heavy vehicle access decisions .

Scoping

Review of quad axle (policy work complete)

Assessing the possibility of revising the mass limits for heavy vehicles fitted with quad axle groups.

Implementing

Twin steer and tri-drive operations (policy work complete)

Assessing the possibility of revising the mass limits for heavy vehicles fitted with twin steer and tri-drive axle groups

Implementing

Enforcement approaches for speeding heavy vehicles (policy work complete)

Investigating ways to further prevent excessive speeding by heavy vehicles

Implementing

Heavy vehicle driver fatigue data

Collaborating with the NHVR, industry and governments to develop a national framework for collecting real-life operational data to better inform future fatigue policy.

Implementing

Reviewing Assessing Fitness to Drive

Working with stakeholders to review and maintain the fitness to drive guidelines for private and commercial vehicle drivers of cars, heavy vehicles and motorbikes.

Implementing

Reviewing National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers

Working with stakeholders to review and maintain the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers.

Implementing

Primary duties for chain of responsibility and executive liability

Reviewing current chain of responsibility law and clarifying executive officer liability to ensure consistency with COAG principles.

Implementing

Investigate the feasibility of 7 axle truck and dogs PBS mass limits

Looking at ways to streamline the approval process for seven-axle truck and trailer combinations.

Implementing

Australian Road Rules maintenance

Working with stakeholders to review and maintain the Australian Road Rules.

Implementing

Heavy Vehicle Roadworthiness (policy work complete)

A joint project with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to investigate options to reduce the amount of unroadworthy heavy vehicles on Australian roads.

Implementing

Rail Safety National Law maintenance

Working with stakeholders to review and maintain the Rail Safety National Law.

Implementing

Electronic work diaries

A framework to promote the wider use of Electronic Work Diaries.

Implementing

Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems policy implementation

Working with stakeholders to develop a framework for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems.

Implementing

Compliance framework for heavy vehicle telematics (policy work complete)

Working to encourage industry to adopt telematics by providing policy certainty and consistency.

Implementing

Options to improve PAYGO (policy work complete)

This project analyses options to improve the current ‘pay as you go’ (PAYGO) methodology

Implementing

Review of penalties within the Heavy Vehicle National Law (policy work complete)

This review aims to make sure that penalties are fair and applied consistently within the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

Implementing

Preparing for more automated road and rail vehicles

Identifying regulatory or operational barriers that might impact the introduction of automated vehicles on Australia's transport networks.

Implementing