ATA Granted Request on FMCSA’s Proposal to Speed Deployment of Autonomous Trucks
Washington D.C. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted requests by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to extend the comment period on its recently announced Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to remove “unnecessary” regulations slowing the deployment of automated driving systems (ADS).
In its ANPRM announced in May, the FMCSA said it was seeking public comment on questions regarding 10 key regulatory areas to better understand how changes to its rules can account for significant differences between human operators and ADS.
Those 10 key areas include: whether the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) should require a human driver; commercial driver’s license endorsements; drivers’ hours of service rules; medical qualifications for human operators; distracted driving and monitoring; safe driving and drug and alcohol testing; inspection, repair, and maintenance; roadside inspections; cybersecurity; and confidentiality of shared information.
FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez said the agency was focused on how it “should adapt its regulations for the development of increased automated driving systems in large trucks and buses.”
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The ATA and U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Engagement Center (TEC) filed requests to extend the initial 60-day comment period by another 30 days.
In FMCSA’s extension notification scheduled for publication on July 31, the agency says it agreed with the ATA and the TEC that “additional time was needed to coordinate with and gather information from members and more usefully respond to the detailed questions posed in the ANPRM.”
FMCSA says it believes that other potential commenters to this ANPRM will benefit from an extension as well.
All comments on the ANPRM must now be made by August 28, 2019.
To date, only 195 public comments have been submitted.
To submit your comment, click HERE.