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2018 House Bill 5749: Allow truck "platoons" on highways
Introduced by Rep. Michael Webber (R) on March 22, 2018
To exempt truck “platoon” operations from a traffic law requirement that trucks leave sufficient space between themselves and other trucks for an overtaking vehicle to enter the space between them. Platoon is defined as vehicles "traveling in a unified manner at electronically coordinated speeds." Under current law truck drivers must leave “sufficient space between the vehicle and another truck so that an overtaking vehicle may enter and occupy the space without danger.” The bill amends a 2016 law that would permit testing of driverless vehicles, subject to detailed restrictions and conditions.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on March 22, 2018
Reported in the House on May 1, 2018
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Passed 64 to 44 in the House on May 15, 2018.
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To exempt truck “platoon” operations from a traffic law requirement that trucks leave sufficient space between themselves and other trucks for other vehicles to pass. Platoon is defined as vehicles "traveling in a unified manner at electronically coordinated speeds." Under current law truck drivers must leave “sufficient space between the vehicle and another truck so that an overtaking vehicle may enter and occupy the space without danger.” The bill amends a 2016 law that would permit testing of “platoons” of (potentially) driverless trucks traveling together on highways, subject to detailed restrictions and conditions.
Received in the Senate on May 16, 2018
Referred to the Senate Transportation Committee on May 16, 2018

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