Automated vehicle regulation – Australian transport ministers approve next phase

Australian transport ministers have approved two key regulatory reforms for automated vehicles, as part of a roadmap towards their commercial deployment.

Paul Retter, Chief Executive of Australia’s National Transport Commission (NTC), announced that ministers had endorsed new national enforcement guidelines and agreed to progress the development of a safety assurance system for automated vehicles.

“Ministers have agreed to a goal of having an end-to-end regulatory system in place by 2020 to support the safe, commercial deployment of automated vehicles at all levels of automation. This is an important milestone towards that goal,” said Retter.


The National Enforcement Guidelines will help police to apply road rules to automated vehicles – providing clarity around who is in control of a vehicle at different levels of automation.

Retter said that ministers have also directed the NTC to develop a safety assurance system for automated road vehicles.

“Ministers agree that government has a role in assuring the safety of automated driving systems, just as governments have a role in assuring driver safety today through driver licensing regimes,” said Retter.

The body, which is currently consulting on how driving laws should change to support automated vehicles, will also consult early next year on projects relating to government access to automated vehicle data and a review of automated vehicle exemption powers and insurance.