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Australian Design Rule Development Program and Public Comment

The development of the ADRs continues as part of a program which includes amendments to existing ADRs, introduction of new ADRs, as well as a full review of existing ADRs where possible every ten years.

A number of changes to ADRs have been considered, including those detailed in the Safe Vehicles section of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–20 and corresponding National Road Safety Action Plans. Further changes that build on this body of work are currently being considered in the National Road Safety Strategy 2021-30 by the Office of Road Safety.

Actions under the Strategy that have already been completed include antilock brake systems for motorcycles, protection of occupants in side impacts with narrow objects such as poles and trees, antilock or load proportioning brake systems for heavy vehicles, electronic stability control for light commercial vehicles, stability control systems for heavy vehicles and roll stability systems for heavy trailers.

Public comment on draft ADR amendments, draft new ADRs and draft reviews of existing ADRs is an important part of the process.

Discussion Paper – Safer Freight Vehicles

In line with Other Critical Action L of the National Road Safety Action Plan 2018-2020, the Department has prepared a Discussion Paper which identifies possible changes to the ADRs to facilitate an increased take up of safer and/or more efficient heavy freight vehicles in Australia. This includes options for:

  • vehicles with enhanced devices for indirect vision and/or monitoring devices to detect other road users;
  • wider vehicles meeting additional safety requirements; and
  • vehicles with more efficient and/or productive axle configurations.

These changes are expected to have a positive impact on road safety, while reducing regulatory burden. If implemented, there would be less need for manufacturers to re-design or modify vehicles available in other markets, which would make it easier and cheaper for many manufacturers to supply vehicles fitted with the latest safety and emission control technologies to the Australian market.

The Department invites any interested persons or parties to review the Discussion Paper, together with the draft ADRs to implement the proposed changes. The opportunity to provide feedback will remain open for a nine-week public comment period.

Please note that information provided as part of any feedback will be handled in accordance with our privacy notice.

Please provide any feedback by close of business 30 June 2021 to:

Linda Rasmussen
Vehicle Safety Policy and Partnerships Branch
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
GPO Box 594

Email: standards@infrastructure.gov.au

  • Discussion Paper – Safer Freight Vehicles PDF: 2128 KB ReadSpeaker
  • Draft Safer Freight Vehicles Amendment 2021 DOCX: 82 KB
  • Draft ADR 14/03 – Devices for Indirect Vision [Forthcoming]
  • Draft ADR 35/07 – Commercial Vehicle Brake Systems [Forthcoming]
  • Draft ADR 97/00 – Advanced Emergency Braking [Forthcoming]
  • Draft ADR 99/00 – Lane Departure Warning Systems DOCX: 688 KB
  • Draft ADR 105/00 – Blind Spot Information Systems DOCX: 482 KB
  • Draft ADR 106/00 – Side Underrun Protection DOCX: 270 KB
  • Safer Freight Vehicles ADR Interaction Map PDF: 208 KB ReadSpeaker

Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice

Your submission, including any personal information supplied, is being collected by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act) for the purpose of public consultation on the ‘Discussion Paper – Safer Freight Vehicles’.

The Department will use this information to inform future decision-making in regard to ADR changes and encourage take up of safer and cleaner heavy freight vehicles in Australia.

Your personal information will be stored securely by the Department. It may be used by the Department 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. Personal information, including 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 confidential submissions within the Commonwealth of Australia, including with other Commonwealth agencies, where necessary 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 or at privacy@infrastructure.gov.au.


Last Updated: 30 April, 2021