85(R) - 2017
Transportation & Infrastructure
Relating to automated motor vehicles.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 2205 would require the Department of Public Safety to govern the operation of automated motor vehicles and prohibit political subdivisions and state agencies from regulating the operation of such vehicles. This bill would also clarify the application of laws by considering the owner of an automated motor vehicle to be its operator for the purposes of enforcing traffic laws, regardless of whether the owner is present in the vehicle during operation.
This bill would prohibit the operation of an automated motor vehicle on public highways unless the vehicle is registered and titled under existing law; the driving system is capable of following state and federal laws; the vehicle is equipped with a recording device system; and the vehicle is covered by liability coverage or appropriate self-insurance. SB 2205 would also stipulate that the vehicle and the operator must comply with existing law related to accident and accident reports.
Vote Recommendation Notes
This bill supports the principles of limited government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility by clarifying the legal code regarding automated motor vehicles, prohibiting local regulation, and establishing that such vehicles are to have traffic laws applied consistently with standard motor vehicles, except for a few reasonable special requirements. For these reasons, we support SB 2205.