HVIA welcomes Advanced Emergency Braking ADR’s

HVIA has welcomed two new Australian Design Rules (ADR) mandating Advanced Emergency Braking (AEB) on heavy vehicles.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Kevin Hogan said mandating both technologies will help save lives and prevent injuries on the nation’s roads.

“Mandating this technology for heavy vehicles is expected to save around 100 lives and avoid over 2,300 serious injuries over 40 years,” Assistant Minister Hogan said.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking said the legislation package is a major milestone.

“The incorporation of advanced safety features into new heavy vehicles is irrefutably one of the most effective proactive strategies for improving road safety,” he said.

“Our industry is unrelenting in its quest to develop and promote the adoption of technology solutions to make heavy vehicles safer.”

The new legislation brings into effect two Australian Design Rules (ADR’s):

  • ADR 97/00 – Advanced Emergency Braking (AEB) for Omnibuses, and Medium and Heavy Goods Vehicles and
  • ADR 35/07 – Commercial Vehicle Brake Systems

AEB systems detect likely forward collisions, provide the driver with a warning and, if the driver does not respond, apply the brakes automatically.

Vehicle stability systems detect the risk of a roll over and automatically decelerate or stabilise the vehicle in response through an anti-roll function. They can also detect when a vehicle diverges from the drivers intended course and takes corrective action to bring the vehicle back on track via a directional control function.

In summary

  • ADR 97/00 will require all goods vehicles and buses above 3.5T GVM to be equipped with AEB.
  • ADR 35/07 was revised to expand the requirement of Vehicle stability functions of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and roll over control to cover all buses and goods vehicles above 3.5T GVM. The previous version, ADR35/06, did not require ESC and anti-roll on goods vehicles not used as prime movers. This revision of ADR 35 was needed to support the adoption of ADR 97/00.

The phase in periods are:

  • From  1 November 2023 – All new models must comply
  • From  1 November 2024 all new buses sold
  • From 1 February 2025 all new vehicles sold above 3.5T GVM.

“We are delighted that AEB and ESC are now part of the benchmark for heavy vehicles but purchasers of new heavy vehicles should not be waiting for Government to mandate safety technology,” Mr Hacking added.  

“I encourage anyone thinking of buying a new truck or trailer to make the safety of all road users their priority; don’t compromise if you are given the option to add the latest safety technology to your vehicles.”

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