The Federal Government has recently announced that is mandating reversing technologies for all new vehicles from 2025 onwards. This includes reversing cameras and motion sensors, increase driver awareness of vulnerable road users behind a vehicle.
The new standard, called Australian Design Rule 108/00 – Reversing Technologies, will apply to all types of light, medium and heavy vehicles, from everyday cars through to heavy goods trucks.
Reversing technologies that meet the new standard must be installed in all new vehicle models from 1 November 2025. For new vehicles made from existing models, this life-saving technology must be installed from 1 November 2027.
“We know that reversing aids will improve visibility for drivers to minimise black spots while reserving. The Australian Government predicts that this change will contribute to a reduction in both fatal and non-fatal driveway incidents,” said Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Carol Brown.
“This new standard supports our unwavering commitment to achieving Vision Zero: zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads by 2050. It will be particularly impactful towards ensuring zero deaths of children 7 years and under by 2030, one of the key targets on this vision roadmap,” Ms. Brown added.
Meanwhile, KidSafe Victoria CEO Melanie Courtney said “We welcome this as a positive step forward for safety around vehicles. However, it is important to remember that reversing cameras are a driving aid only and cannot be relied on to prevent all incidents,” she
“All drivers should remember to supervise children around cars, separate children from danger and physically walk around the vehicle to see if any children are present before reversing,” she adds.
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