List of Recommendations

Recommendation 1

2.119
The Committee recommends that the Australian Government develop its strategies and plans to address the development of transport automation and alternative fuel sources through the strategic framework set out in the Committee’s report on the development of cities, Building Up & Moving Out, especially those relating to integrated and holistic planning, with a view to ensuring that transport automation takes place within a wider planning framework which integrates automated transport with the planning of the urban and regional environment to maximise liveability, sustainability and productivity, while acknowledging the different needs of greenfield and brownfield sites.

Recommendation 2

2.124
The Committee recommends that the Australian Government adopt as its goal support for the development of a new automated transport ecosystem, incorporating shared mobility based on: strong trunk routes provided by rail, light rail and buses, connected to smaller vehicles providing connectivity within cities and suburbs; active transport solutions; and strategies to manage the use of private automated transport and ridesharing in city centres and heavily congested areas and routes.

Recommendation 3

2.127
The Committee recommends that the Office of Future Transport Technology within the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities undertake consideration of the benefits of automation and electrification for the transport of freight.

Recommendation 4

2.129
The Committee recommends that the Australian Government, in conjunction with State and Territory Governments, develop a strategy for managing the transition to full automation on roads, including mapping regulatory responses, vehicle specifications and driver training requirements.

Recommendation 5

3.53
The Committee recommends that the Australian Government facilitate the introduction and uptake of electric vehicles (both BEV and FCEV), especially mass transit vehicles, including through coordination and planning of the development of infrastructure to meet demand; ensuring that refuelling and recharging technology follows defined standards for compatibility and interoperability; and by promoting greater coordination between the transport and energy sectors.

Recommendation 6

3.55
The Committee recommends that the Australian Government, in conjunction with State and Territory Governments, develops a national hydrogen strategy that provides for the manufacture and transport of hydrogen in a safe, cost-effective and energy-efficient way; targets zero-emission production and distribution; provides for the energy needs of Australia’s vehicle fleet; and, while providing for export opportunities, is focussed first and foremost on Australia’s energy security.

Recommendation 7

3.57
The Committee recommends that the Australian Government maintain a close watch on the development of Hyperloop technology with a view to its development as a transport solution in Australia.

Recommendation 8

4.110
The Committee recommends that the Australian Government undertake a study to establish the national implications of Infrastructure Victoria’s work on automated and zero emissions vehicles infrastructure, and the requirements its findings have for infrastructure policy and investment.

Recommendation 9

4.114
The Committee recommends that the Australian Government articulate a clear vision for cities and regions and the connectivity within and between them, including:
A vision for and planning of the urban and regional environment incorporating automated mass transit and new energy sources.
A clear articulation of the optimum design of the urban environment, including mass transit and active transport.
A vision for shared mobility incorporating Mobility as a Service (MaaS).
The goal of fuel security.
This vision should be articulated in an intergovernmental agreement focussed on consistency and interoperability between jurisdictions.

Recommendation 10

4.116
The Committee recommends that the Australian Government pursue an effective standards based approach to the development of transport automation and electrification, including effective use of international standards and engagement with international standards bodies, and the development of an integrated standards development roadmap to identify gaps in standards and evolving standards requirements.

Recommendation 11

4.118
The Committee recommends that the Australian Government undertake research to estimate the national requirement for electricity generation under an electric and automated transport future, with a view to ensuring that electricity generation will meet anticipated demand while adhering to national greenhouse gas abatement targets.

Recommendation 12

4.120
The Committee recommends that the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities conduct an audit of Australia’s existing transport communications infrastructure and requirements for automation at various stages, with a view to developing a national strategy for transport communications infrastructure for full automation of land transport; this audit and strategy to be development in conjunction with the transport and infrastructure industries; and cover:
ICT infrastructure requirements
Data management and sharing
Privacy
Cybersecurity.

Recommendation 13

4.122
The Committee recommends that the Australian Government consider facilitating the transition to automated and electric vehicles by giving consideration to options such as:
Subsidising zero-emission vehicles
Promoting zero-emission vehicles through vehicle emission standards
Implementing low- or zero-emission zones
Providing public charging infrastructure
Strengthening renewable energy targets
Phasing out petrol and diesel vehicles over the long term.

Recommendation 14

4.124
The Committee recommends that the Australian Government assist in managing change in the transition to automation by making workforce training and development a condition of Commonwealth funding for relevant transport projects.

Recommendation 15

4.126
The Committee recommends that the Australian Government give early consideration to road pricing models, recognising the inevitable decline of fuel excise revenue due to the increase in alternative energy vehicles.

Recommendation 16

4.128
The Committee recommends that the Australian Government establish the statutory Office of a National Chief Engineer, to provide independent expert advice on the planning and development of Australia’s infrastructure.

Recommendation 17

4.130
The Committee recommends that the Office of Future Transport Technology within the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities be expanded to cover alternative energy sources such as battery electric power and hydrogen fuel cell power.

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