C. Better protect light passenger vehicle and light commercial vehicle occupants by updating to the latest available international crash standards
Active safety systems such as ESC and AEB prevent crashes, while vehicle crashworthiness reduces death and injuries when crashes occur. The protection of a 2013 built Australian vehicle is double that of 20 years ago, due to a combination of regulatory and non-regulatory activities. Following the 2017 mandating of a new Australian Design Rule for pole-side impact, further work is being undertaken towards adopting new international crash standards for full-frontal impact and modernising existing standards for offset-frontal and side-impact.
The Commonwealth will examine the latest international standards for full-frontal, offset-frontal and side-impact occupant protection for light vehicles for implementation in the Australian new vehicle fleet, and finalise a regulatory package through the Australian Design Rules (subject to RIS outcomes).