Vehicle standards changes make life easier for trucking industry

Media Release


22 April 2016

The Australian Government continues to cut red tape holding back productivity in Australian businesses, introducing amendments to the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) to make life easier for the trucking industry.

Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher said the changes would improve transport efficiency.

“These amendments reduce barriers to the supply and use of longer semi-trailers, especially for refrigerated transport,” Mr Fletcher said.

“They will also reduce the burden on manufacturers by improving clarity of dimensional requirements for trailers.

“These simple reforms to regulation were put forward by the Australian Trucking Association and National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, and discussed with other representatives of the transport industry as part of ADR consultations.

“The Government has agreed to these measures after careful consideration by the Government, state and territory governments and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

“The changes will help align federal and in-service requirements while having no impact on vehicle safety.”

Mr Fletcher said the move was the latest in a series of reforms aimed at harmonising Australian design requirements with international regulations.

“The Government intends to announce further reforms in coming months,” Mr Fletcher said.

The Australian Design Rules are performance-based national standards for vehicle safety, anti-theft and emissions, covering issues such as occupant protection, structures, lighting, noise, engine exhaust emissions, braking and a range of miscellaneous items.