FMCSA seeks additional comments on autonomous trucks regulations

Updated Feb 4, 2023
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting public comment about factors the agency should consider in amending federal regulations to establish a regulatory framework for autonomous trucks.

The agency previously published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking in May 2019 seeking comments on FMCSRs that may need to be amended, revised or eliminated to facilitate the safe introduction of trucks equipped with automated driving systems to the nation’s highways.

A supplemental advance notice of proposed rulemaking published Wednesday, Feb. 1, seeks additional information on the topic. The original ANPRM sought answers to questions related to CDL requirements; hours of service; medical qualifications for drivers; inspection, repair and maintenance; and more as they related to autonomous trucks.

The new SANPRM asks questions about whether carriers should be required to notify FMCSA when operating Level 4 and Level 5 (the highest levels of automation) autonomous trucks; oversight of remote operating assistants for Level 4 autonomous trucks; and vehicle inspection and maintenance for Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous trucks.

Comments can be filed here through March 20.