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Briefing paper

Developing technology-neutral road rules for driver distraction: issues paper

Transport Road safety Motor vehicles Assistive technology Driver education Sector regulation Australia
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The purpose of this issues paper is to summarise the current understanding of the factors that may cause driver distraction, the behaviours induced by those factors and their potential impacts on road safety.

The paper:

  • seeks to reach a common understanding of the problem
  • identifies the factors associated with distraction and refers to evidence-based research regarding their impact on road safety
  • reviews the Australian Road Rules in relation to driver distraction to determine whether they are fit for purpose in relation to their ability to regulate driver distraction regardless of the cause; and
  • provides an analysis of the key issues to consider prior to developing potential solutions.

The definition of driver distraction is presented as a proposal as we are seeking feedback to ensure the next stage of the project is based on an agreed understanding of the problem. This includes a proposed definition for the driving task, which is crucial for understanding the activities and behaviours that could cause distraction and therefore affect driving performance.

We are also seeking your feedback (and any relevant data and evidence) to ensure we have identified the relevant regulatory frameworks and captured all the key issues.

The paper is open for comment until 14 February 2019. Submissions can be made via the NTC website.

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