Australia’s NTC consults on safe operation of on-road automated vehicles

Australia’s National Transport Commission (NTC) is seeking feedback on the safe operation of automated vehicles on the road, releasing a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on the role and regulation of the different parties involved.

As well as considering the role of manufacturers, repairers, vehicle owners and others, the RIS considers the legal arrangements needed to support the safe operation of automated vehicles.

“It is important to be proactive in developing nationally-consistent laws and regulations for the safe commercial deployment of automated vehicles into Australia,” said NTC Chief Executive Officer Gillian Miles.

“We are considering the range of people who have a role in safety to ensure that automated vehicles are sufficiently regulated to be safe on our roads,” said Dr Miles.

The NTC wants to hear from interested stakeholders, especially those working in manufacturing, repairs and road safety groups. Feedback should be submitted to the NTC by 26 August 2019.

The consultation follows earlier work on the regulations required for automated vehicles entering the Australian market. The NTC’s consultation is the first step towards developing a new national law to regulate the on-road operation of automated vehicles, agreed to by ministers in November 2018.

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