National automated vehicle safety law proposals up for debate

The Nation Transport Commission (NTC) wants input on a national approach to in-service safety for automated vehicles.

To inform the process, the NCT published a discussion paper last week outlining proposals for what the national law will entail and how it will work under two different legislative implementation options.

It follows an agreement by transport and infrastructure ministers on a new national law establishing a general safety duty on entities responsible for automated driving systems, due diligence obligations on their executive officers, and a new national regulator for the in-service safety of automated vehicles.

The NTC has said it particularly wants to hear from road managers, Commonwealth and state and territory road transport and enforcement agencies, regulators and agencies with a connection to in-service safety, vehicle manufacturers, automated technology providers, and transport industry bodies.

Online or emailed submissions will be accepted up until 11 December.