Trucking seeks higher profile on automated vehicle policy


A wide-ranging Capitol Hill hearing on trucking safety managed to drill into a policy sticking point for the industry – maintaining a seat at the table on discussions around automated vehicle (AV) regulations.

Titled “Under Pressure: The State of Trucking in America,” the June 12 hearing before the Highway and Transit Subcommittee of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee featured a panel of eight witnesses and ran for more than three hours, with much of the discussion focused on safety.

But U.S. Representative Sharice Davids (D-Kansas), who worked on autonomous vehicle policy while at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), is concerned that too much of the AV policymaking so far in Washington, D.C., has gravitated toward passenger vehicles and not enough around freight. “What does intentional autonomous vehicle policy look like, so that we’re taken off,” she asked the panel.

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