RAA welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement to mandate reversing technologies for all new vehicles, effective from November 2025.
RAA has advocated for this potentially life-saving technology which is designed to provide drivers with optimal visibility while reversing to help prevent the devastating impact of reverse-crash road trauma, especially for vulnerable road users like pedestrians.
RAA’s Mobile Technology Specialist Mark Borlace said the number of lives lost on South Australian roads this year was alarming and any initiative to improve road safety couldn’t come soon enough.
“Any measure that can effectively curb the spiralling number of lives lost on our roads in the future is wholeheartedly welcomed,” Mr Borlace said.
“RAA has long advocate for reversing aids in cars as they have a proven track record of enhancing driver visibility by minimising blind spots while reversing.
“Pedestrians are the largest single road user group in Australia and often face the risk of vehicle impact without any protective measures in place.
“We’re all too familiar with some of the tragic incidents that have occurred over the years with people, particularly young children, being fatally injured by cars in their own driveway.
“The mandatory reversing technology represents a pivotal stride towards achieving our shared goal of creating safer roads for all South Australians.
“This significant step forward for vehicle safety has the potential to substantially reduce injuries, fatalities, and long-term emotional toll on affected families.”
The new standard, formally known as Australian Design Rule 108/00 – reversing Technologies, will apply to all categories of vehicles, including light, medium and heavy vehicles, ranging from everyday cars to heavy goods trucks.
Manufacturers will be required to install reversing technologies that meet the new standard in all new vehicle models from 1 November 2025.
For new vehicles produced from existing models, this life-saving technology must be installed from 1 November 2027.