Closing the Gap: Legislatures Urged to Address Truck Platooning Laws

Date: July 22, 2019
Source: TruckingInfo.com

A new report issued by the Competitive Enterprise Institute breaks down current and outdated truck following distance and platooning laws in hopes of bringing them in line with recent technology advances.

A new report issued by the Competitive Enterprise Institute breaks down current and outdated truck following distance and platooning laws in hopes of bringing them in line with recent technology advances.

Despite some OEMs backing away, truck platooning appears to remain on track as an autonomous truck technology with considerable potential for boosting fleet fuel economy, safety and productivity. But these gains can only happen if states update old laws against following too closely, according to a new report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

“Exempting platooning vehicles from tailgating laws is a no-brainer, and that’s why nearly two dozen states already made reforms over the last four years that permit commercial platooning deployments. The votes in favor of these laws were bipartisan and many were unanimous. The economic, safety, and environmental benefits of platooning should prompt other states to update their laws,” said Marc Scribner, CEI senior fellow and author of Authorizing Automated Vehicle Platooning: A Guide for State Legislators, 2019 Edition. This handbook, now in its fourth annual edition, is widely used by policymakers and researchers as the go-to source for state platooning policies.

So far, 20 states have taken some action to allow for new truck platooning technology, but another 36 states lag behind… To continue reading, CLICK HERE.

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