Changing driving laws to support automated vehicles
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The purpose of this project is to develop legislative reform options to:
- clarify the application of current driver and driving laws to automated vehicles
- establish legal obligations for automated driving system (ADS) entities.
On Friday, 18 May 2018, transport ministers agreed to a uniform approach across all states and territories to ensure there is always a legal entity in charge of driving when an automated driving system is engaged. This is set out in the NTC Policy Paper Changing driving laws to support automated vehicles.
The NTC proposed the introduction of a uniform law to:
- allow an automated driving system (rather than a human) to perform the dynamic driving task when it is engaged
- ensure that there is always a legal entity responsible for driving
- set out any obligations on relevant entities, including the ADS entity, and users of automated vehicles
- provide flexible compliance and enforcement options.
Following on from ministerial approval, we will work closely with road agencies and transport departments to develop the detailed policy recommendations and legislative analysis necessary to establish the new purpose-built national law.