MDOT MVA Bill Benefiting Commercial Trucking Industry Among Laws Effective Oct 1 | thebaynet.com | TheBayNet.com
GLEN BURNIE, Maryland – The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) is highlighting several new bills coming into effect Oct. 1 that address the commercial trucking industry, road safety, and penalties for drivers.
Introduced by the leadership of the MDOT MVA, passed by the Maryland General Assembly and enacted earlier this year by Governor Larry Hogan, Senate Bill 291 allows the truck platoon – a practice that uses communications technology from vehicle to vehicle hosted by radar, GPS and Wi-Fi. Fi to allow two or more vehicles to be electronically synchronized with each other.
The technology used to control truck platoons wirelessly communicates braking, speed and oncoming obstacles information to the lead truck, allowing the following trucks to have consistent and predictable driving behavior. These systems dramatically reduce the reaction time of the trucks following in the peloton, which in turn reduces the likelihood of rear-end or chain reaction accidents.
The new law exempts trucks traveling in a unified fashion at electronically connected speeds – like a platoon – from the requirement to make room for a vehicle to enter the space between them. Lifting the “too close” ban on these types of electronically connected trucks removes a barrier to the commercial deployment of driver-assisted truck platoons on Maryland roads.
“The SB 291 allows Maryland to explore the driver-assisted platoon of trucks that could lead to improvements in safety, environment, commerce and infrastructure,” said Chrissy Nizer, administrator of MDOT MVA. “The pandemic has highlighted the importance of trucking and delivering goods, which makes it even more important to provide all the tools available to our trucking companies.”
Companies interested in pursuing the truck platoon must submit an application and an operational plan, which will be reviewed for approval by a team of multidisciplinary experts. The review will include route and safety considerations, as well as notification requirements to emergency responders and the public.
Another bill related to the commercial trucking industry is House Bill 250, which facilitates inspections for commercial motor vehicles. Under the bill, owners of Class F vehicles (tractors) that have been in operation for five years or less are required to have vehicles inspected, maintained and repaired at 35,000 miles, instead of the previous requirement of 25,000 miles. It also requires owners of certain Class E vehicles that have been on the road for five years or less to have the vehicle inspected, maintained and repaired at 50,000 miles, rather than the previous 25,000 miles, if the vehicles are zero electric vehicles. emission or fuel cell. electric vehicles.
Road safety bills coming into force include House Bill 118 / Senate Bill 293, which provides for certain penalties – including a fine, motor vehicle safety course, community service and driver’s license suspension – for people who cause serious injury or death to legitimate pedestrians, certain roads and utility workers, emergency service personnel, people walking an animal or people driving a vehicle. motorcycle, bicycle, scooter, farm equipment, wheelchair, electronic mobility aid or animal-drawn vehicle.
Other bills coming into force on October 1 and related to motor vehicle operations and MDOT MVA include:
• HB 519: Vehicle equipment – Safety glass – Replacement standards requires MDOT MVA to establish standards and requirements for aftermarket safety glass replacement.
• HB 0115 / SB 0020: Vehicle laws – Driving licenses canceled, revoked and suspended – Sanctions amends some penalties for a person who displays a canceled, revoked or suspended driver’s license, and requires that a person who violates certain sections of the law must appear in court and cannot pay the fine in advance.
• SB 0681: Motor vehicles – Inspection certificates – Exception allows the transfer of a used vehicle from a business to a majority business owner without the need to obtain a motor vehicle safety inspection certificate, if the vehicle is primarily driven by majority owner and the business has been dissolved or is in the process of being dissolved.
• HB 1074 / SB 0140: Vehicle Laws – Commercial Road Hauliers – Safety, Inspection, Performance and Insurance Information, also known as James Cohran’s Law, requires employers of commercial commercial vehicle drivers to provide certain information to a prospective salaried driver. This law ensures that potential employees receive information about an employer’s safety record and accident data, and holds companies accountable by imposing civil penalties if they fail to comply.