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Developing legislative reform options to clarify the application of current driver and driving laws to automated vehicles, and to establish legal obligations for automated driving system (ADS) entities.

Changing driving laws to support automated vehicles

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Purpose

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.

Next steps

We will release a discussion paper in September 2017.

There will be a consultation period of eight weeks. Feedback from consultation will be used to develop reform options for the Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting in May 2018.

Background

Our work in this area began in November 2015 after the Transport and Infrastructure Council asked us to identify regulatory barriers to safely introducing more automated road and rail vehicles in Australia.

In November 2016, the NTC released a policy paper, Regulatory reforms for automated road vehicles.

This concluded a one year project to research the regulatory barriers and develop recommendations to support future reform.

Transport ministers approved all eight recommendations outlined in the policy paper and charged the NTC with delivering the recommended regulatory reform agenda.

For more information, see Automated vehicles in Australia.

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Project Manager Kirsten McKillop
Last Updated: 4/7/2017