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Collaborating with state and territory road and police agencies, the NHVR and public prosecutors to develop national enforcement guidelines that clarify regulatory concepts of control and proper control for different levels of driving automation.

Clarifying control of automated vehicles

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Purpose

The purpose of this project is to develop national enforcement guidelines that clarify regulatory concepts of control and proper control for different levels of driving automation.

Next steps

We released a discussion paper seeking feedback on the development of national enforcement guidelines for automated vehicles.

The paper consulted on four issues:

  • Who is in control of an automated vehicle at different levels of driving automation?
  • What will it mean for a driver to have proper control of an automated vehicle?
  • How should the proper control test apply to the automated driving system?
  • How will enforcement agencies interact with automated vehicles?

Consultation closed on Friday, 2 June 2017.

Feedback from this consultation will inform the draft guidelines which will be presented to transport ministers at the Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting in November 2017.

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 James Williams
Last Updated: 19/6/2017