H1958B2916A07808 RAR:JSL 06/19/18 #90 A07808
AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE BILL NO. 1958
Sponsor: SENATOR RAFFERTY
Printer's No. 2916
Amend Bill, page 1, lines 1 through 4, by striking out all of
said lines and inserting
Amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes, in general provisions, further providing for
definitions; in rules of the road in general, providing for
platooning; and providing for highly automated vehicles.
Amend Bill, page 1, lines 7 through 18; page 2, lines 1
through 30; page 3, lines 1 through 18; by striking out all of
said lines on said pages and inserting
Section 1. Section 102 of Title 75 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes is amended by adding definitions to read:
§ 102. Definitions.
Subject to additional definitions contained in subsequent
provisions of this title which are applicable to specific
provisions of this title, the following words and phrases when
used in this title shall have, unless the context clearly
indicates otherwise, the meanings given to them in this section:
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"Highly automated work zone vehicle." A motor vehicle
equipped either with an automated driving system, or connected
by wireless communication or other technology to another vehicle
allowing for coordinated or controlled movement, used in an
active work zone as implemented by the department or the
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
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"Platoon." A group of motor vehicles, buses, military
vehicles or motor carrier vehicles operated by a human traveling
in a unified manner at electronically coordinated speeds at
following distances that are closer than would be reasonable and
prudent without such coordination. The term does not include a
school bus or a school vehicle.
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Section 2. Title 75 is amended by adding a section to read:
§ 3317. Platooning.
(a) General rule.--Nonlead vehicles in a platoon shall not
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be subject to the provisions of section 3310 (relating to
following too closely).
(b) Visual identifier.--All vehicles in a platoon must be
marked with a visual identifier on the power unit. The
department, after consultation with the Pennsylvania State
Police, shall publish guidelines in the Pennsylvania Bulletin
establishing the criteria and placement of the visual
identifier.
(c) Restrictions.--A platoon shall observe the following
restrictions:
(1) A maximum of three vehicles shall be in a platoon.
(2) Vehicles in a platoon shall travel only on limited
access highways or interstate highways, unless otherwise
permitted by the department or the Pennsylvania Turnpike
Commission, as applicable.
(3) The department or the Pennsylvania Turnpike
Commission, as applicable under paragraph (2), may restrict
vehicle movement under this section for operational or safety
reasons, including, but not limited to, emergency conditions.
Section 3. Title 75 is amended by adding a chapter to read:
CHAPTER 85
HIGHLY AUTOMATED VEHICLES
Sec.
8501. Definitions.
8502. Highly automated work zone vehicle.
8503. Commonwealth agency.
8504. Highly Automated Vehicle Advisory Committee.
§ 8501. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this chapter
shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Advisory committee." The Highly Automated Vehicle Advisory
Committee established in section 8504 (relating to Highly
Automated Vehicle Advisory Committee).
§ 8502. Highly automated work zone vehicle.
(a) General rule.--The department or the Pennsylvania
Turnpike Commission, as applicable, shall authorize the
locations in Pennsylvania, on a periodic basis, to permit the
deployment of a highly automated work zone vehicle.
(b) Requirements.-- A highly automated work zone vehicle
shall not require a human operator only when operating in an
active work zone.
§ 8503. Commonwealth agency.
(a) Authorization.--The department and the Pennsylvania
Turnpike Commission may deploy a highly automated work zone
vehicle in accordance with section 8502 (relating to highly
automated work zone vehicle) or platoon in accordance with
section 3317 (relating to platooning) if the department or the
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission owns the vehicle.
(b) Sovereign immunity.--As provided by section 11 of
Article I of the Constitution of Pennsylvania, it is declared to
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be the intent of the General Assembly that a Commonwealth
agency, its officials and employees, acting within the scope of
their duties and in accordance with section 3317 or 8502, shall
continue to enjoy sovereign immunity and official immunity and
remain immune from suits. A claim against the Commonwealth and
its officials and employees shall be brought only in the manner,
in the court and in the cases as directed under 42 Pa.C.S. Ch.
85 (relating to matters affecting government units).
§ 8504. Highly Automated Vehicle Advisory Committee.
(a) Establishment.--The Highly Automated Vehicle Advisory
Committee is established under the jurisdiction of the
department.
(b) Composition.--The advisory committee shall consist of
not more than 21 members. The members shall be as follows:
(1) The secretary, who shall chair the advisory
committee.
(2) The Commissioner of Pennsylvania State Police.
(3) The Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania
Turnpike Commission.
(4) The chairperson and minority chairperson of the
Transportation Committee of the Senate.
(5) The chairperson and minority chairperson of the
Transportation Committee of the House of Representatives.
(6) Not more than 14 members of the public, appointed by
the Secretary of Transportation, that may include a diverse
group of representatives, including, but not limited to,
business, academia, local authorities, insurance, safety
advocates, consumer advocates, engineers, labor
organizations, environmental experts, and other members
determined to be appropriate by the Secretary of
Transportation.
(7) Each member under paragraphs (2), (3), (4) and (5)
may designate an alternate to serve in the member's stead.
The member shall notify the chairperson in writing of the
designation.
(c) Terms.--The terms of each member appointed by the
Secretary of Transportation shall be for three years. A member
of the advisory committee may be reappointed for additional
terms. An individual appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve for
the unexpired term and shall be eligible for reappointment.
(d) Powers and duties.--The powers and duties of the
advisory committee shall be to advise and consult the Governor,
the secretary and the General Assembly on all aspects of highly
automated vehicles and may do any of the following, including,
but not limited to:
(1) Develop technical guidance.
(2) Evaluate best practices.
(3) Recommend legislation and policy.
(4) Engage in continued research and evaluation of the
technology necessary to ensure safe testing, deployment and
continued innovation in this Commonwealth.
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(e) Meetings and expenses.--The following shall apply:
(1) The advisory committee shall meet at least three
times annually, but may hold additional meetings as are
called by the chairperson of the advisory committee. The
chairperson shall provide notice at least 14 days in advance
for regular meetings and shall provide a minimum of three
days' notice for special meetings.
(2) The secretary shall maintain a record of meeting
attendance by members and shall provide written notice to
appointed members who miss two consecutive meetings. An
appointed member under subsection (b)(6) who misses three
consecutive meetings without good cause acceptable to the
chairperson of the advisory committee may be replaced by the
secretary.
(3) Minutes of the meetings shall be prepared and filed
with the advisory committee and distributed to each member.
Each record shall be a matter of public record.
(4) An appointed member under subsection (b)(6) may not
receive per diem expenses.
(5) The department shall provide appropriate staff
support to enable the advisory committee to properly carry
out the advisory committee's functions.
(f) Annual report.--The department shall provide an annual
report of the activities under subsection (d) on the
department's publicly accessible Internet website.
Section 4. This act shall take effect in 90 days.
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See A07808 in
the context
of HB1958