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Heavy vehicle lane departure systems

We’re seeking feedback on the new proposed rule to have all heavy vehicles fitted with lane departure warning systems.

Why we want your input

Vehicle safety affects all Australians. This is your chance to have your say on vehicle technology that helps reduce the number of road fatalities and injuries caused by heavy vehicles unintentionally leaving their lane.

How you can voice your opinion

Read the proposed Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) and Australian Design Rule 99/00 below and provide your submission. For detailed feedback please complete and attach the consultation feedback form below.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your submission will help inform future standard for lane departure warning systems in all new heavy vehicles.

The Issue

The impact of road trauma is significant, costing the Australian economy approximately $30 billion per year with heavy vehicle crashes comprising approximately $1.5 billion.

Currently it is not a requirement for heavy vehicles to be fitted with a lane departure warning system (LDWS) even though there could be considerable benefits to all road users and the wider community. A LDWS can increase the driver’s alertness to an unintentional lane departure, helping to reduce the number of collisions resulting in severe or fatal injuries.

The Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) below analyses crashes relating to heavy vehicles unintentionally drifting outside their lane  and shows that by introducing the proposed new Australian Design Rule (ADR) 99/00 an estimated 63 lives can be saved, and 1,732 serious and 5,389 minor injuries can be avoided over the next 37 years. This will also provide an estimated net benefit of $17 million to the Australian community.

We’re seeking feedback on the proposed RIS and regulation, including:

  • Support for the recommended option.
  • The assumptions used for the benefit-cost analysis, including data to support actual effectiveness of the technology, the costs or the assumed benefits.
  • The suitability of ADR 99/00 for adoption under the Australian Design Rules, including any comments on functional and/or performance requirements, testing requirements or implementation, such as the applicable vehicle categories and timing.
  • Any other relevant views or information.

Have your say below by providing a submission. You can also complete and attach the consultation feedback form if you would like to provide detailed feedback.

On 21 April 2022 Australian Design Rule 99/00 – Lane Departure Warning was replaced with an amended version taking into account that the current consultation process applies to all new heavy vehicles, not just vehicles in scope for the Safer Freight Vehicle reform package. Version 2 is in tracked-changes to indicate the amendments.

Relevant documentation

Participate

09 Apr 2022 00:00 AEST
03 Jun 2022 23:59 AEST
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We invite you to to tell us your views on this topic.

Please include:

  • contact name
  • organisation name, if applicable
  • contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
  • confirmation whether or not your submission can be made public—published—or kept confidential.

All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being made public.

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published.

If your submission is confidential, please ensure each page of the submission is marked as confidential.

Privacy notice

The department is collecting personal information for the purposes of public consultation on the ‘Reducing Heavy Vehicle Lane Departure Crashes’, and on the ‘Australian Design Rule 99/00 – Lane Departure Warning System’ in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

The department will use the feedback you provide on the consultation form to assist in making decisions regarding Lane Departure Warning Systems for heavy vehicles and this information will be stored securely. Your personal information will also be stored securely and only used to contact you about the consultation process. Your personal information will not be disclosed to any other third parties, except in the circumstances outlined below.

Submissions, in part or full, including the name of the author may be published on the department's website or in the Government’s response, unless the submission is confidential. Confidential submissions (including author name) will not be published. Private addresses and contact details will not be published or disclosed to any third parties unless required by law.

Submissions will only be treated as confidential if they are expressly stated to be confidential. Automatically generated confidentiality statements or disclaimers appended to an email do not suffice for this purpose. If you wish you make a confidential submission, you should indicate this by ensuring your submission is marked confidential.

Confidential submissions will be kept securely and will only be disclosed in the following circumstances:

  • in response to a request by a Commonwealth Minister;
  • where required by a House or a Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia; or
  • where required by law.

The department may also disclose information obtained through the consultation process within the Commonwealth of Australia, including with other Commonwealth agencies, where necessary or if in the public interest.

Please note that in order to protect the personal privacy of individuals in accordance with the Privacy Act any submissions containing sensitive information, personal information or information which may reasonably be used to identify a person or group of people may not be published, even if not marked as confidential.

The department’s privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the department. The Privacy Officer can be contacted on (02) 6274 6495.

Please click on the 'Have your say now' button below to upload your submission.

This consultation is closed.

Alternatively please email your completed template submission to the Vehicle Standards Section or send it to:

Director, Vehicle Standards Section
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
GPO Box 2154
Canberra ACT 2601