Call to limit reg­u­la­tions on AVs

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IN A POST ON LINKEDIN, Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ATA) safety and skills ad­viser Melissa Weller has urged govern­ments to limit reg­u­la­tory bur­dens on com­pa­nies look­ing to in­te­grate au­to­mated ve­hi­cles into their op­er­a­tions.

The call comes af­ter the Na­tional Transport Com­mis­sion (NTC) re­leased a dis­cus­sion pa­per in June this year call­ing for feed­back on four reg­u­la­tory op­tions: con­tin­u­ing the cur­rent ap­proach, self-cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, pre-mar­ket ap­proval and ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

NTC chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Retter says Aus­tralia’s transport min­is­ters asked the NTC to look at what level of reg­u­la­tion is needed to en­sure au­to­mated driv­ing tech­nolo­gies are safe now and into the fu­ture.

“Aus­tralian govern­ments are start­ing to re­move leg­isla­tive bar­ri­ers to more au­to­mated road ve­hi­cles,” Retter says.

“With­out a safety as­sur­ance sys­tem, these ve­hi­cles could po­ten­tially be de­ployed with no govern­ment over­sight or reg­u­la­tory in­ter­ven­tion.”

The ATA in­sists that, “govern­ments must not im­pose ad­di­tional reg­u­la­tory bur­dens on busi­nesses seek­ing to use highly au­to­mated ve­hi­cles”.

The ATA’s sub­mis­sion to the NTC on as­sur­ing au­to­mated ve­hi­cle safety voices the as­so­ci­a­tion’s strong op­po­si­tion to reg­u­la­tion that threat­ens truck­ing busi­nesses or im­pedes in­no­va­tion.

“Aus­tralian govern­ments are start­ing to re­move leg­isla­tive bar­ri­ers to more au­to­mated road ve­hi­cles”

The ATA sub­mis­sion ar­gues that ac­cred­i­ta­tion will be com­plex, costly and un­nec­es­sary for small truck­ing busi­nesses. It also ar­gues that the ac­cred­i­ta­tion op­tion is not in­ter­na­tion­ally con­sis­tent and will have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on ve­hi­cle own­er­ship.

The ATA ad­vo­cates, ac­cord­ing to Weller, for a na­tional ap­proach that builds on the ex­ist­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the Depart­ment of In­fra­struc­ture and Re­gional Devel­op­ment ve­hi­cle stan­dards branch, with Com­mon­wealth man­age­ment of new ap­provals and state/Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor re­spon­si­bil­ity for in-ser­vice com­pli­ance.

The ul­ti­mate out­come of the in­tro­duc­tion of au­to­mated ve­hi­cles should be a safer road sys­tem, Weller says.

The post ends with Weller say­ing that any leg­isla­tive model must cater for the unique re­quire­ments of the Aus­tralian road user and be con­sis­tent across all states.

Paul Retter

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