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New ADR Mandates Louder EV Sounds for Safety

The Federal Government has announced a new design rule requiring electric vehicles (EVs) to emit sound while traveling at low speeds beginning November 2025.

The Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems (AVAS) will serve as a safety measure, alerting pedestrians to the presence of otherwise silent electric cars, trucks, and buses in settings such as car parks, intersections, and driveways.

Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, and Local Government Minister Catherine King emphasized the government’s commitment to road safety.

“This is another example of our government’s commitment to road safety. As more and more Australians opt for EVs, we’re ensuring they’re safe for both drivers and pedestrians,” Minister King said.

Meanwhile, Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth highlighted the importance of inclusivity in transitioning to cleaner transportation.

“In our push for a cleaner, greener future, it’s vital to prioritize inclusivity. Today’s announcement is a step in that direction,” Minister Rishworth said.

The move is a significant win for the blind and low-vision community, who have long advocated for such alert systems.

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill Shorten expressed satisfaction with the decision

“It’s great that the concerns of the blind and low-vision communities have been addressed. This new rule will improve road safety for everyone,” he said.

AVAS is already mandated in several countries. This puts us in line with global safety standards,” said Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Carol Brown noting the global adoption of AVAS technology.

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