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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.
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.
The NTC will work on developing further updates to the ARRs during 2018. These will aim to recognise and sensibly regulate new and emerging technologies affecting how the community uses roads and related areas.