NTC seeks feed­back on road rules amend­ment

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The Na­tional Trans­port Com­mis­sion (NTC) is seek­ing public feed­back on the pro­posed amend­ments to the Aus­tralian

Road Rules ( ARR). The feed­back will be pre­sented to the trans­port min­is­ter for ap­proval at the Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture Coun­cil meet­ing in Novem­ber.

The NTC has pub­lished a con­sul­ta­tion pa­per, Aus­tralian Road Rules 12th Amend­ment Pack­age Con­sul­ta­tion Draft June 2017, ex­plain­ing the pro­posed amend­ments to the ARR and the draft leg­isla­tive changes.

The changes take into ac­count feed­back from con­sul­ta­tion with po­lice, road agency rep­re­sen­ta­tives from all states and ter­ri­to­ries, and a fed­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Key changes in­clude: • New load-re­straint re­quire­ments to

im­prove clar­ity about le­gal obli­ga­tions • Up­dat­ing tech­nol­ogy-based ter­mi­nol­ogy for rules that gov­ern the use of vis­ual dis­play units and mo­bile phones • New rules that im­pose re­stric­tions on

driv­ers’ use of ‘bus only’ lanes.

“The pro­posed changes aim to har­monise the road rules across the states and ter­ri­to­ries to im­prove road user safety,” NTC chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Ret­ter says.

“For ex­am­ple, in Novem­ber 2016 trans­port min­is­ters agreed to pur­sue a na­tional ap­proach to mo­tor­cy­cle lane lter­ing which is in­cluded in this pro­posed amend­ment pack­age.”

Sub­mis­sions are open un­til 5pm on Au­gust 11.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the NTC web­site www. ntc.gov. au.

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