Friday, December 15, 2023

FMCSA Sends Automated Driving System NPRM to OMB

Yesterday, the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced that it had received a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) from the DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on “Motor Carrier Operation of Automated Driving System (ADS)-Equipped Commercial Motor Vehicles”. The FMCSA published an advanced notice of rulemaking (ANPRM) on this topic on May 18th, 2019.

According to the Fall 2023 Unified Agenda entry for this rulemaking:

“FMCSA proposes to amend certain Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to ensure the safe introduction of automated driving systems (ADS)-equipped commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) onto the Nation's roadways. The proposed changes to the CMV operations, inspection, repair, and maintenance regulations prioritize safety and security, promote innovation, foster a consistent regulatory approach to ADS-equipped CMVs, and recognize the difference between human operators and ADS. FMCSA has taken several actions to solicit information on issues relating to the testing and integration of ADS-equipped CMVs, including holding listening sessions beginning in 2017 and a 2018 Request for Comments Concerning Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) Which May Be a Barrier to the Safe Testing and Deployment of Automated Driving Systems-Equipped Commercial Motor Vehicles on Public Roads” (83 FR 12933).  FMCSA continues to attend industry conferences, road show events and meet with various developers and other stakeholders.” 

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