RS 32:400.3     

§400.3. Operation; criteria

            A. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, an autonomous commercial motor vehicle may operate in this state without a conventional driver physically present in the vehicle if the autonomous commercial motor vehicle meets all of the following criteria:

            (1) Is capable of operating in compliance with applicable federal law and the traffic and motor vehicle laws of this state including but not limited to applicable laws concerning the capability to safely navigate and negotiate railroad crossings.

            (2) Is properly registered and titled in accordance with R.S. 32:701 et seq. and R.S. 47:463.

            (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 achieving a minimal risk condition if a failure occurs rendering the vehicle unable to perform the dynamic driving task relevant to its intended operational design domain or if the vehicle exits its operational design domain.

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

            B. The registration of an autonomous commercial motor vehicle shall not be interpreted to abrogate or amend any statutory or regulatory provisions or any aspects of law pertaining to liability for any harm or injury caused.

            C. Prior to commencing the operation of an autonomous commercial motor vehicle without a conventional driver present in the cab, a person or entity 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.