Brief: In April 2021, the Australian Department of Transport issued a discussion document on the update of heavy-duty vehicle regulations (the deadline for submission of feedback from all parties is 2021.6.30) to promote more efficient and safe operation of heavy-duty freight vehicles in Australia.
ADR STANDARD UPDATE
The vehicle standard ADR (Australia Design Rules) involved in this update includes the following, which is mandatory for heavy vehicles：
Draft ADR 14/03-Devices for Indirect Vision
Draft ADR 35/07-Commercial Vehicle Brake Systems
Draft ADR 97/00-Advanced Emergency Braking
Draft ADR 99/00-Lane Departure Warning Systems
Draft ADR 105/00-Blind Spot Information Systems
Draft ADR 106/00-Side Underrun Protection
REGULATION VERSION UPDATENEW TECHNICAL REGULATIONS
This paper 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:
1) vehicles with enhanced devices for indirect vision and/or monitoring devices to detect other road users;
2) safer wider vehicles – including four options, each with proposed new safety requirements; and
3) 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 additional safety systems would help drivers to be more aware of their surrounds, including to avoid and/or mitigate the severity of any collisions with other road users.ATIC GLOBAL HOMOLOGATION RESEARCH AND VEHICLE CERTIFICATION DEPARTMENT
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