California Advise Assembly Votes To Ban Driverless Trucks

By Alan Adler of FreightWaves,

The California Advise Meeting voted Wednesday to ban driverless vans from the instruct’s roadways, requiring a safety driver be current. If handed by the Senate, it will depart the instruct the place most impartial trucking companies are primarily primarily primarily primarily based as an outlier in adopting the expertise.


The 54-3 vote banning impartial autos over 10,000 kilos from working with no safety driver adopted similar majority committee votes on Meeting Invoice 316. The measure acquired enhance from the Teamsters and varied labor teams. They declare driverless vans would eliminate 1000’s of correct-paying jobs for human drivers.

“The general public may possibly presumably composed now not be dealt with as a lab rat for mountainous companies to look at their expertise. Californians deserve a security-first method. And this bill would function precise that,” Randy Cammack, president of Teamsters Joint Council 42, talked about in March.

California 2024 Senate candidates U.S. Reps. Katie Porter, Adam Schiff and Barbara Lee discover voiced enhance for the laws. San Francisco Mayor London Breed additionally has expressed enhance.

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“AB 316 is a preemptive expertise ban which may set California even further inside the abet of varied states and lock inside the devastating safety discipline quo on California’s roads, which observed larger than 4,400 other people die final 12 months,” the Autonomous Automobile Trade Affiliation (AVIA) talked about in a assertion after the vote.

“AB 316 undermines California’s regulation enforcement and safety officers as they scrutinize to beget up a watch on and conduct oversight over life-saving impartial vans,” talked about Jeff Farrah, AVIA govt director. “We abet Governor Newsom and the Advise Senate to reject AB 316 so Californians will raise pleasure inside the safety and current chain benefits of impartial vans.”

In an April 20 editorial, the Orange County Register talked about opposition to driverless trucking is “traditional union featherbedding.”

Dozens of impartial trucking and expertise founders, CEOs, and others wrote to Newsom in June 2022. California in late August launched “Driving the Future: Autonomous Autos Strategic Framework Imaginative and prescient and Guiding Ideas.”

The nine-web web page doc concludes that “AVs protect the promise to be a useful section of our mobility future.” Nonetheless its added that “they’re precise one section of a broader connect of dwelling of options.”

The California Division of Motor Autos is brooding concerning the framework which may permit impartial autos over 10,000 kilos to hit the highway, with out consent from the Advise Legislature.

Self-utilizing trucking plot companies Kodiak Robotics, Plus, Waymo and TuSimple are all primarily primarily primarily primarily based in California. Nonetheless they completely characteristic their vans inside the instruct with safety drivers. That’s the current apply in varied states. A number of states discover confirmed willingness to finally permit the driving force to be eradicated from the truck.

TuSimple is aiming to commercialize a driverless route in Arizona between Tucson and Phoenix as quickly as 2024. Pittsburgh-essentially primarily primarily primarily based Aurora is planning to bustle driverless vans in Texas by the stop of subsequent 12 months.



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