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      RS 32:400.7     


§400.7. Teleoperations; operation; criteria

            A. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a commercial motor vehicle equipped with a teleoperation system may operate in this state without a conventional driver physically present in the vehicle if a remote driver is operating the vehicle and the commercial motor vehicle meets all of the following criteria:

            (1) Is properly registered.

            (2) Is in compliance with applicable federal law.

            (3) Is certified in accordance with 49 CFR Part 567 as being in compliance with federal motor vehicle safety standards and bears the required certification label or labels, including reference to any exemption granted under applicable federal law.

            (4) Is capable of being operated in compliance with the applicable traffic and motor vehicle laws of this state, regardless of whether the vehicle is operated by a remote driver including but not limited to applicable laws concerning the capability to safely navigate and negotiate railroad crossings.

            (5) Is covered by motor vehicle liability coverage in an amount not less than two million dollars.

            (6) Is capable of achieving a reasonably safe state, such as bringing the vehicle to a stop if a failure of the teleoperation system occurs that renders the remote driver unable to perform the entire dynamic driving task for the vehicle.

            B. Prior to commencing the operation of a commercial motor vehicle equipped with a teleoperation system without a conventional driver present in the cab, an owner, a remote driver, or the remote driver's employer shall submit a written statement to the Department of Transportation and Development certifying that the vehicle meets the requirements of this Section.

            Acts 2019, No. 232, §1.

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