SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED NOVEMBER 26, 2018
Senator PATRICK J. DIEGNAN, JR.
District 18 (Middlesex)
Senator THOMAS H. KEAN, JR.
District 21 (Morris, Somerset and Union)
Establishes “New Jersey Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force.”
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Senate Transportation Committee on January 17, 2019, with amendments.
A Joint Resolution establishing the “New Jersey Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force.”
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. There is established a task force to be known as the “New Jersey Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force.” The purpose of the task force shall be to conduct a study of advanced autonomous vehicles and to make recommendations on laws, rules, and regulations that this State may enact or adopt to safely integrate advanced autonomous vehicles on the State’s highways, streets, and roads.
b. The task force shall consist of 1[eight] 111 members as follows:
(1) the Commissioner of Transportation, who shall serve ex officio, or the commissioner’s designee;
(2) the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, who shall serve ex officio, or the chief administrator’s designee;
(3) the Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety, who shall serve ex officio, or the director’s designee;
(4) 1[three] a commissioner of the Board of Public Utilities, selected by the Governor, who shall serve ex officio, or that commissioner’s designee;
(5) five1 public members, who shall be appointed by the Governor, one with an expertise in highway traffic safety, one with an expertise in autonomous vehicle technology, 1one with an expertise in automotive manufacturing, one who is licensed in this State as a professional engineer pursuant to P.L.1938, c.342 (C.45:8-27 et seq.),1 and one, who shall be appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the Commissioner of the Department of Banking and Insurance, with an expertise in automobile insurance;
1[(5)] (6)1 one public member appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the President of the Senate, with an expertise in highway traffic safety; and
1[(6)] (7)1 one public member appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the General Assembly, with an expertise in autonomous vehicle technology1[;].1
c. Within 90 days after the effective date of P.L. , c. (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), the task force's authorized membership shall be appointed and the task force shall hold its initial meeting. The task force shall organize upon the appointment of a majority of its authorized membership and shall elect a chair from among its members. The members of the task force shall serve for the duration of the existence of the task force. Any vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. The task force members shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties to the extent that funds are available for that purpose.
d. Not later than 180 days after the initial meeting of the task force, the task force shall issue a report to the Governor and, pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), to the Legislature, which shall include, but not be limited to1[,]:1 an evaluation of 1[the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s safety standards for advanced autonomous vehicles and whether the State should enact stricter safety standards,] existing State laws that may unreasonably impede the testing and operation of autonomous vehicles on public roads in this State;1 an evaluation of existing state and federal law concerning advanced autonomous vehicles with a focus on 1[safety standards,] licensing, registration, insurance, liability, law enforcement and accident reporting, land use, road and infrastructure design, public transit, and workforce changes; recommendations for implementing advanced autonomous vehicle pilot programs to promote the safe testing and operation of advanced autonomous vehicles on public roads in this State;1 an evaluation of existing legislation and regulations in other states concerning advanced autonomous vehicles 1[with a focus on safety standards,];1 recommendations on how this State could safely integrate advanced autonomous vehicles on its highways, streets, and roads1[,];1 any other information relevant to the subject of the report1[,];1 and any draft legislation the task force deems appropriate to implement the purposes of P.L. , c. (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill)1, which shall be consistent with federal law, regulations, and policy guidance1.
e. The task force shall be entitled to the assistance and services of the employees of any State board, bureau, commission, or agency as it may require, and as may be available to it for these purposes including, but not limited to, stenographic and clerical assistants within the limits of funds appropriated or otherwise made available to it for its purposes.
f. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission 1[and],1 the Department of Transportation1, and the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey1 shall assist the task force in the performance of its duties and provide the task force with studies, data, or other materials in the possession of those entities, to the extent that such are relevant to the purposes of the task force.
g. As used in P.L. , c. (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill):
“Advanced autonomous vehicle” means a motor vehicle equipped with autonomous technology that has a driving automation level of three, four, or five, as defined in the SAE J3016, which is an 1[information report related to]1 automated driving 1[systems] system standard1 issued by the Society of Automotive Engineers International and is used by the United States Department of Transportation for autonomous vehicle policy guidance.
2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire upon the issuance of the report submitted by the task force pursuant to section 1 of P.L. , c. (C. ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).