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 will be considered in the future including those detailed in the Safe Vehicles section of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011 to 2020.

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

Draft Regulation Impact Statement for the Improved Protection of Vehicle Occupants in Side Impact Crashes

The Department has prepared a draft Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) to consider the case for regulating the pole side impact performance of light passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles through the ADRs. The ADRs are national standards under the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 and apply to all new vehicles.

Over 20 percent of all Australian road deaths and around 10 percent of hospital admissions from road crashes are drivers or passengers in vehicles that are involved in side impact crashes. This is currently costing the Australian community around $4.2 billion a year in road trauma.

An ADR for pole side impact performance would lead to a substantial reduction in fatalities and serious injuries both in pole side impact crashes (side impact crashes with narrow pole-like objects) and other side impacts generally, by necessitating increased vehicle protection for the occupant's head and chest.

A RIS is part of the Australian Government's processes to assess the appropriateness of government regulatory action, the most effective form of government intervention, the relative social costs and benefits and who in the community will gain the benefits or incur the costs of any regulation.

The Department invites persons with an interest in this topic to review the RIS.

Indicative Commencement Dates

For consultative purposes, the RIS includes indicative commencement dates for a new ADR on pole side impact performance.

The Department specifically requests feedback on these dates.

Please complete and forward the feedback form by close of business 31 July 2015 to:

Steven Hoy
Vehicle Safety Standards Branch
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
GPO Box 594
Fax: 61 2 6274 7979 Email:

The public comment period closes on 31 July 2015.

Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice

Your submission, including any personal information supplied, is being collected by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act), for the purpose of public consultation on the draft RIS to consider the case for regulating the pole side impact performance of light passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles through the ADRs.

The Department will use this information to inform future decision-making with regard to regulating the pole side impact performance of light passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles through the ADRs.

Your personal information will be stored securely by the Department. It may be used by the Department to make further contact with 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 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.

National Heavy Vehicle Braking Strategy—Phase 2

Heavy Vehicle Braking Systems—Survey of Reliability and Effectiveness.

As part of the National Heavy Vehicle Braking Strategy (NHVBS), the Department is studying the effectiveness of advanced braking systems. The NHVBS is part of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-­20 (NRSS), which aims to reduce the annual number of deaths and serious injuries on Australian Roads by at least 30 percent.

The survey seeks feedback from heavy vehicle operators, on the effectiveness of heavy vehicle braking systems which may (or may not) include advanced braking systems, such as Brake Load Proportioning (BLPV), Antilock Braking Systems (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). ESC is often included as part of Electronic Braking Systems (EBS).

The survey is being undertaken by the Department with support from several Australian peak industry bodies representing operators, heavy vehicle manufacturers, importers and maintenance service providers.

The Department is seeking feedback from heavy vehicle operators and maintenance providers of all sizes, fleet composition and location, irrespective if they have advanced braking systems or not.

The survey should take about 15–20 minutes to complete and will require information regarding (depending on your type of operation) your fleet size, basic operating environment, and an indication of the number of brake faults recorded over the last 12 months.

If you would be willing to participate in the survey, please follow the link below:
Heavy Vehicle Braking—Braking System Effectiveness Survey

Your participation would be greatly appreciated. It will help ensure direct operational experience is taken into consideration by the industry groups and government agencies involved in the NHVBS activities. The survey will be open until the end of June 2015.

For further information or if you have any questions please contact Paul Caus 02 6274 7048.

Privacy Statement

Information collected through the Survey will be aggregated and used for statistical study. Aggregated information will not include any individual or company participant details. If provided, Company and individual information will only be used for the purposes of follow up by the Department, in the event that a subsequent survey is prepared. The aggregated information may be distributed to third parties as part of the development of the NHVBS and NRSS, including industry groups, other government agencies and through public consultation processes.

The Department's on­line 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) 62746495.

Changes to Requirements for Motorcycle Mudguards

The Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development has approved an amendment to Australian Design Rule (ADR) 42/04 to remove the requirement for rear mudguard extensions for motorcycles, though front and rear mudguards are still required.

The amendment to ADR 42/04 became effective from 27 September 2014 for new vehicles and this latest version is available on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments: Australian Design Rule 42/04—General Safety Requirements.

All new road vehicles, whether they are manufactured in Australia or are imported, must comply with the ADRs before they can be offered to the market for use in transport. The ADRs are performance based standards for vehicle safety, emissions and anti-theft.

Once a vehicle has been supplied to the market in Australia and first used on Australian roads, regulation passes to the relevant state or territory government who handle in-service requirements such as registration, road-worthiness and vehicle modifications.

If an owner wishes to further modify their existing motorcycle to remove or replace the mudguard extension then this becomes a matter for state and territory regulators as the vehicle is considered as being in-service. However, it is generally the case that state and territory legislation will allow for changes to ADRs to flow through to registration requirements.

Therefore, if an owner wants to fit a fender eliminator / tail tidy, they should still check with their local registration authority. Owners should note that these devices may also affect lighting and registration plate requirements.

Contact details for the state and territory registration authorities can be found on their websites:

New South Wales:
Northern Territory:
South Australia:
Western Australia:


Last Updated: 19 June, 2015