A consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) examining the case for introducing a new mandatory standard for the installation of reversing technologies to new vehicles has been released.
Reversing technologies (i.e. rear-view cameras and ultrasonic sensors) increase the driver’s awareness or vision of vulnerable road users behind a vehicle, reducing the number of reversing collisions with pedestrians that result in severe or fatal injuries.
The consultation RIS considers two options to address crashes from reversing collisions.
The RIS suggests that a new ADR, aligned with United Nations Regulation No. 158, for mandatory fitment of reversing technologies, will save 12 lives and avoid 340 serious and 152 minor injuries over 35 years.
It also shows the highest benefit-cost ratio of 1.47 – 2.14, 2.58 – 2.99 and 1.40 – 1.76 for light passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles and heavy vehicles respectively.
A new standard for reversing technologies is expected to return a net benefit to the Australian society of almost $40 million over 35 years.
The consultation RIS is linked here [PDF].
Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business Wednesday, 11th May 2022.
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