REFERENCE TITLE: autonomous vehicles; ADOT rules
State of Arizona
House of Representatives
Second Regular Session
Representatives Dial, Proud, Robson, Stevens: Mesnard, Williams
amending title 28, chapter 3, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding article
22; amending section 28-3103, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to autonomous vehicles.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Title 28, chapter 3, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding article 22, to read:
ARTICLE 22. AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES
28-1231. Autonomous vehicles on highways; rules; definitions
A. The director shall adopt rules authorizing the operation of autonomous vehicles on the highways in this state. The rules shall:
1. Establish requirements that an autonomous vehicle must meet before it may be operated on a highway in this state.
2. Establish requirements for the insurance that is required to test or operate an autonomous vehicle on a highway in this state.
3. Establish minimum safety standards for autonomous vehicles and the operation of autonomous vehicles.
4. Provide for the testing of autonomous vehicles.
5. Restrict the testing of autonomous vehicles to specified geographic areas.
6. Establish other requirements that the director determines is necessary.
B. For the purposes of this section:
1. "Artificial intelligence" means the use of computers and related equipment to enable a machine to duplicate or mimic the behavior of human beings.
2. "Autonomous vehicle" means a motor vehicle that uses artificial intelligence, sensors and global positioning system coordinates to drive itself without the active intervention of a human operator.
Sec. 2. Section 28-3103, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
28-3103. Driver license endorsements
A. A driver license applicant shall obtain the following endorsements to the applicant's driver license and shall submit to an examination appropriate to the type of endorsement if the applicant operates one or more of the following vehicles:
1. A motorcycle endorsement for operation of a motorcycle if the applicant qualifies for a class M license and if the applicant qualifies for or has a class A, B, C, D or G license.
2. A hazardous materials endorsement on a class A, B or C license for operation of a vehicle that transports hazardous materials, wastes or substances in a quantity and under circumstances that require the placarding or marking of the transport vehicle as required by the department's safety rules prescribed pursuant to chapter 14 of this title. The department or an outside source authorized by the department and approved by the transportation security administration may:
(a) Conduct background checks in accordance with the transportation security administration procedures.
(b) Require that all hazardous materials endorsement applicants submit fingerprints.
3. A double‑triple trailer endorsement on a class A license for operation of a vehicle towing double or triple trailers.
4. A passenger vehicle endorsement on a class A, B or C license for operation of a bus designed to transport sixteen or more passengers, including the driver, or a school bus.
5. A tank vehicle endorsement on a class A, B or C license for operation of a tank vehicle. For the purposes of this paragraph, "tank vehicle" means a commercial motor vehicle that is designed to transport a liquid or gaseous material within a tank that is either permanently or temporarily attached to the vehicle or chassis, including a cargo tank and a portable tank and excluding a portable tank having a rated capacity under one thousand gallons.
6. A school bus endorsement on a class A, B or C license for operation of a school bus. Applicants shall successfully complete both a written knowledge test and a driving skills test to obtain a school bus endorsement.
7. An autonomous vehicle endorsement on a class A, B, C, D or G license. Applicants shall comply with procedures established by the department to obtain an autonomous vehicle endorsement. For the purposes of this paragraph, "autonomous vehicle" means a motor vehicle that uses artificial intelligence, sensors and global positioning system coordinates to drive itself without the active intervention of a human operator.
B. When applying for a commercial driver license endorsement pursuant to article 5 of this chapter, the applicant shall successfully complete the skills portion of the examination in a motor vehicle or vehicle combination applicable to the endorsement.
C. On notification by the transportation security administration that an individual's authorization to hold a hazardous materials endorsement has been terminated, the department shall immediately cancel the hazardous materials endorsement on the driver's commercial driver license.