Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Cutting unnecessary motor vehicle red tape

Media Release


26 November 2014

The Australian Government is getting on with abolishing unnecessary red and green tape by bringing Australian Design Rules (ADRs) into line with international vehicle standards.

The reforms announced today are a step towards ensuring that every time a UN Regulation is updated the relevant ADR can be updated automatically, ensuring the latest technology is available in the Australian market as quickly as possible. 

The automatic adoption of UN Regulations also removes unnecessary layers of bureaucratic process to further reduce red tape for the long term.

The first two regulations in the reform programme are UN Regulations 19 regarding front fog lamps and 46 regarding rear vision devices.

UN Regulation 19 allows for testing methods that better represent real world conditions for front fog lamps, while UN Regulation 46 allows the introduction of new types of rear vision devices and provides for more robust testing methods.

Applying these two regulations alone is expected to deliver nearly $1 million in industry compliance savings every year, as manufacturers will have the option of supplying fully approved UN products as part of their certification of vehicles.

This will ensure manufacturers no longer need to produce older products specifically for Australia, meaning consumers will have access to safer vehicles sooner at the lowest possible cost.

We are currently working through further UN regulations that can be applied, in close cooperation with industry as well as state and territory agencies, and will be making more announcements throughout next year. 

These changes are in addition to our recent decision to abolish the requirement for manufacturers to install rear mudguard extensions on new motorcycles, which will deliver $14.4 million in industry compliance and manufacturing savings every year.

The Australian Government is committed to lowering business costs to make Australia more competitive which is why this year alone we have already abolished thousands of unnecessary and ineffective regulations costing the economy $2.1 billion a year.