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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 From the time of 1 July 1988 onwards, the Second Edition ADRs were increasingly superseded by the Third Edition ADRs.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.

Title
Number Release Date
Reversing Signal Lamps [PDFPDF: 75 KB] 1 1 Jan 1972
Door Latches And Hinges [PDFPDF: 209 KB] 2 1 Jan 1971
Seat Anchorages For Motor Vehicles [PDFPDF: 142 KB] 3 1 Jan 1971
Seat Anchorages For Motor Vehicles [PDFPDF: 160 KB] 3a 1 Jan 1977
Seat Belts [PDFPDF: 77 KB] 4 1 Jan 1969
Seat Belts [PDFPDF: 307 KB] 4a 1 Jan 1974
Seat Belts [PDFPDF: 1124 KB] 4b 1 Jan 1975
Seat Belts [PDFPDF: 1263 KB] 4c 1 Jan 1976
Seat Belts [PDFPDF: 1253 KB] 4d 1 Jan 1984
Seat Belt Anchorage Points [PDFPDF: 259 KB] 5a 1 Jan 1969
Seat Belt Anchorages [PDFPDF: 933 KB] 5b 1 Jan 1975
Direction Turn Signal Lamps [PDFPDF: 245 KB] 6 1 Jan 1973
Direction Turn Signal Lamps [PDFPDF: 239 KB] 6a 1 Jul 1981
Hydraulic Brake Hoses [PDFPDF: 311 KB] 7 1 Jan 1970
Safety Glass [PDFPDF: 175 KB] 8 1 Jul 1971
Standard Controls For Automatic Transmissions [PDFPDF: 563 KB] 9 1 Jan 1972
Steering Columns [PDFPDF: 80 KB] 10a 1 Jan 1971
Steering Columns [PDFPDF: 102 KB] 10b 1 Jan 1973
Internal Sun Visors [PDFPDF: 48 KB] 11 1 Jan 1972
Glare Reduction In Field Of View [PDFPDF: 95 KB] 12 1 Jan 1973
Rear Vision Mirrors [PDFPDF: 204 KB] 14 1 Jan 1972
Demisting Of Windscreens [PDFPDF: 228 KB] 15 1 Jan 1971
Windscreen Wipers And Washers [PDFPDF: 233 KB] 16 1 Jan 1973
Fuel Systems For Goods Vehicles [PDFPDF: 263 KB] 17 1 Jul 1975
Location And Visibility Of Instruments [PDFPDF: 170 KB] 18 1 Jan 1973
Location And Visibility Of Instruments [PDFPDF: 203 KB] 18a 1 Jan 1981
Safety Rims [PDFPDF: 127 KB] 20 1 Jul 1970
Instrument Panels [PDFPDF: 187 KB] 21 1 Jan 1973
Head Restraints [PDFPDF: 162 KB] 22 1 Jan 1972
Head Restraints [PDFPDF: 156 KB] 22a 1 Jan 1975
New Pneumatic Passenger Car Tyres [PDFPDF: 5802 KB] 23 1 Jan 1974
New Pneumatic Passenger Car Tyres [PDFPDF: 4041 KB] 23a 1 Jan 1984
New Pneumatic Passenger Car Tyres [PDFPDF: 712 KB] 23b 1 Jan 1986
Tyre Selection [PDFPDF: 332 KB] 24 1 Jan 1973
.Tyre Selection [PDFPDF: 404 KB] 24a 1 Jan 1986
Anti-Theft Locks [PDFPDF: 92 KB] 25 1 Jan 1972
Anti-Theft Locks [PDFPDF: 112 KB] 25a 1 Jan 1978
Vehicle Engine Emission [PDFPDF: 458 KB] 26 1 Jan 1972
Vehicle Engine Emission Control [PDFPDF: 1294 KB] 27 1 Jan 1974
Vehicle Emission Control [PDFPDF: 1834 KB] 27a 1 July 1976
Vehicle Emission Control [PDFPDF: 1957 KB] 27b 1 Jan 1982
Vehicle Emission Control [PDFPDF: 2020 KB] 27c 1 Jan 1983
Motor Vehicle Noise [PDFPDF: 273 KB] 28 1 Jan 1974
Motor Vehicle Noise [PDFPDF: 331 KB] 28a 1 Jul 1980
Side Door Strength [PDFPDF: 194 KB] 29 1 Jan 1977
Diesel Engine Exhaust Smoke Emissions [PDFPDF: 409 KB] 30 1 Jul 1976
Hydraulic Braking Systems [PDFPDF: 1243 KB] 31 1 Jan 1977
Seat Belts For Heavy Vehicles [PDFPDF: 726 KB] 32 1 Jul 1977
Seat Belts For Heavy Vehicles [PDFPDF: 383 KB] 32a 1 Jul 1980
Motorcycle And Moped Braking Systems [PDFPDF: 735 KB] 33 1 Mar 1976
Motorcycle And Moped Braking System [PDFPDF: 852 KB] 33a 1 Mar 1988
Child Restraint Anchorages [PDFPDF: 154 KB] 34 1 Jul 1976
Child Restraint Anchorages [PDFPDF: 456 KB] 34a 1 Jan 1985
Commercial Vehicle Braking Systems [PDFPDF: 1379 KB] 35 1 Jan 1979
Commercial Vehicle Braking Systems [PDFPDF: 1516 KB] 35a 1 Jul 1980
Exhaust Emission Control For Heavy Duty Vehicles [PDFPDF: 778 KB] 36 1 Jul 1978
Exhaust Emission Control For Heavy Duty Vehicles [PDFPDF: 773 KB] 36a 1 Jan 1988
Vehicle Emission Control [PDFPDF: 4088 KB] 37 1 Jan 1986
Heavy Trailer Braking System [PDFPDF: 1624 KB] 38 1 Jul 1984
Motorcycle And Moped Noise [PDFPDF: 551 KB] 39 1 Mar 1985
Motorcycle Noise [PDFPDF: 959 KB] 39a 1 Mar 1988
Light Duty Vehicle Emission [PDFPDF: 3951 KB] 40 1 Jan 1988
Control Mandatory Operation On Unleaded Petrol [PDFPDF: 216 KB] 41 1 Jan 1988
Definitions—Volume 1 [PDFPDF: 665 KB]
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Last Updated: 27 February, 2013