Clarifying control of automated vehicles
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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.
The national enforcement guidelines for automated vehicles were approved by the Transport and Infrastructure Council in November 2017.
The purpose of these national enforcement guidelines is to:
- provide guidance about how the requirement of proper control in Australian Road Rule 297 should apply to vehicles with automated functions
- confirm that the human driver is responsible for complying with road traffic laws when a vehicle has conditional automation engaged at a point in time.
Police agencies will now incorporate the guidelines in operational policies and procedures to apply the road rules to automated vehicles.
The accompanying policy paper provides further information and summarises the responses we received from consultation. The national enforcement guidelines, including the policy position that the human driver remains responsible for a vehicle with conditional automation, will be reviewed after amendments to the driving laws to recognise automated driving system entities. Such amendments to driving laws are being considered as part of the National Transport Commission’s (NTC) changing driving laws to support automated vehicles project.