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Second Edition Australian Design Rules

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The Second Edition Australian Design Rules (ADRs) are national standards for vehicles that first came into effect on 1 January 1969 as endorsed by the then Australian Transport Advisory Council (ATAC). The ATAC recommended the Second Edition ADRs to the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments for vehicles being supplied to the Australian market. The Second Edition ADRs only applied to vehicles manufactured from 1 January 1969 onwards and were selectively applied by each state and territory. From the time of 1 July 1988 onwards, the Second Edition ADRs were increasingly superseded by the Third Edition ADRs.

For vehicles manufactured up until July 1989, the application of the ADRs is the responsibility of the state and territory governments. Vehicle users should consult with their state or territory transport authority for the Second and Third Edition ADRs that apply to these vehicles.

For vehicles manufactured after July 1989, the application of the ADRs is the responsibility of the Australian Government under the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989. Vehicle users should consult with this department for the Second and Third Edition ADRs that apply to these vehicles.

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Number Release Date
Reversing Signal Lamps PDF: 75 KB 1 1 Jan 1972
Door Latches And Hinges PDF: 209 KB 2 1 Jan 1971
Seat Anchorages For Motor Vehicles PDF: 142 KB 3 1 Jan 1971
Seat Anchorages For Motor Vehicles PDF: 160 KB 3a 1 Jan 1977
Seat Belts PDF: 77 KB 4 1 Jan 1969
Seat Belts PDF: 307 KB 4a 1 Jan 1974
Seat Belts PDF: 1124 KB 4b 1 Jan 1975
Seat Belts PDF: 1263 KB 4c 1 Jan 1976
Seat Belts PDF: 1253 KB 4d 1 Jan 1984
Seat Belt Anchorage Points PDF: 259 KB 5a 1 Jan 1969
Seat Belt Anchorages PDF: 933 KB 5b 1 Jan 1975
Direction Turn Signal Lamps PDF: 245 KB 6 1 Jan 1973
Direction Turn Signal Lamps PDF: 239 KB 6a 1 Jul 1981
Hydraulic Brake Hoses PDF: 311 KB 7 1 Jan 1970
Safety Glass PDF: 175 KB 8 1 Jul 1971
Standard Controls For Automatic Transmissions PDF: 563 KB 9 1 Jan 1972
Steering Columns PDF: 80 KB 10a 1 Jan 1971
Steering Columns PDF: 102 KB 10b 1 Jan 1973
Internal Sun Visors PDF: 48 KB 11 1 Jan 1972
Glare Reduction In Field Of View PDF: 95 KB 12 1 Jan 1973
Rear Vision Mirrors PDF: 204 KB 14 1 Jan 1972
Demisting Of Windscreens PDF: 228 KB 15 1 Jan 1971
Windscreen Wipers And Washers PDF: 233 KB 16 1 Jan 1973
Fuel Systems For Goods Vehicles PDF: 263 KB 17 1 Jul 1975
Location And Visibility Of Instruments PDF: 170 KB 18 1 Jan 1973
Location And Visibility Of Instruments PDF: 203 KB 18a 1 Jan 1981
Safety Rims PDF: 127 KB 20 1 Jul 1970
Instrument Panels PDF: 187 KB 21 1 Jan 1973
Head Restraints PDF: 162 KB 22 1 Jan 1972
Head Restraints PDF: 156 KB 22a 1 Jan 1975
New Pneumatic Passenger Car Tyres PDF: 5802 KB 23 1 Jan 1974
New Pneumatic Passenger Car Tyres PDF: 4041 KB 23a 1 Jan 1984
New Pneumatic Passenger Car Tyres PDF: 712 KB 23b 1 Jan 1986
Tyre Selection PDF: 332 KB 24 1 Jan 1973
.Tyre Selection PDF: 404 KB 24a 1 Jan 1986
Anti-Theft Locks PDF: 92 KB 25 1 Jan 1972
Anti-Theft Locks PDF: 112 KB 25a 1 Jan 1978
Vehicle Engine Emission PDF: 458 KB 26 1 Jan 1972
Vehicle Engine Emission Control PDF: 1294 KB 27 1 Jan 1974
Vehicle Emission Control PDF: 1834 KB 27a 1 July 1976
Vehicle Emission Control PDF: 1957 KB 27b 1 Jan 1982
Vehicle Emission Control PDF: 2020 KB 27c 1 Jan 1983
Motor Vehicle Noise PDF: 273 KB 28 1 Jan 1974
Motor Vehicle Noise PDF: 331 KB 28a 1 Jul 1980
Side Door Strength PDF: 194 KB 29 1 Jan 1977
Diesel Engine Exhaust Smoke Emissions PDF: 409 KB 30 1 Jul 1976
Hydraulic Braking Systems PDF: 1243 KB 31 1 Jan 1977
Seat Belts For Heavy Vehicles PDF: 726 KB 32 1 Jul 1977
Seat Belts For Heavy Vehicles PDF: 383 KB 32a 1 Jul 1980
Motorcycle And Moped Braking Systems PDF: 735 KB 33 1 Mar 1976
Motorcycle And Moped Braking System PDF: 852 KB 33a 1 Mar 1988
Child Restraint Anchorages PDF: 154 KB 34 1 Jul 1976
Child Restraint Anchorages PDF: 456 KB 34a 1 Jan 1985
Commercial Vehicle Braking Systems PDF: 1379 KB 35 1 Jan 1979
Commercial Vehicle Braking Systems PDF: 1516 KB 35a 1 Jul 1980
Exhaust Emission Control For Heavy Duty Vehicles PDF: 778 KB 36 1 Jul 1978
Exhaust Emission Control For Heavy Duty Vehicles PDF: 773 KB 36a 1 Jan 1988
Vehicle Emission Control PDF: 4088 KB 37 1 Jan 1986
Heavy Trailer Braking System PDF: 1624 KB 38 1 Jul 1984
Motorcycle And Moped Noise PDF: 551 KB 39 1 Mar 1985
Motorcycle Noise PDF: 959 KB 39a 1 Mar 1988
Light Duty Vehicle Emission PDF: 3951 KB 40 1 Jan 1988
Control Mandatory Operation On Unleaded Petrol PDF: 216 KB 41 1 Jan 1988
Definitions—Volume 1 PDF: 665 KB

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Last Updated: 8 July, 2014