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The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) have announced a new Federal Automated Vehicles Policy. This four-part policy includes the Model State Policy developed with significant input by AAMVA’s Autonomous Vehicles Working Group. Our official statement on the policy can be found in the below, or in the September 16th Legislative Alert here. Also available is a fact sheet from DOT about the policy that in addition to the Model State Policy includes elements relating to manufacturers, current and potential federal regulatory authorities, and cybersecurity. The DOT is holding a briefing today at 12:00pm EDT that can be viewed live online at https://www.transportation.gov/av. President Obama also published an Op-Ed in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
AAMVA Statement on the U.S. Department of Transportation/NHTSA Automated Vehicles Policy
AAMVA is pleased to see the federal leadership on this issue and welcomes NHTSA’s position on the fast-developing field of automated vehicles. This vehicle technology holds the life-changing promise to improve safety and mobility for all citizens. The AAMVA community of Motor Vehicle Administrators and Law Enforcement leaders is proud to be a key partner in these discussions and to have collaborated with NHTSA on the development of the Model State Policy.
AAMVA commends the federal government for recognizing and seriously considering the needs of the states in preparing the Model State Policy. The policy provides a consistent and standardized approach to regulating highly automated vehicles while simultaneously honoring the flexibility and autonomy of each individual state. Since it was developed in consultation with the AAMVA Autonomous Vehicles Working Group, we hope states will follow the tenets of the Policy when crafting public policy that balances promoting innovation with the regulatory responsibility to uphold public safety.
The AAMVA DL/ID Card Design Standard (CDS) provides for the design of driver licenses (DL) and identification (ID) cards. Its intent is to improve the security of the DL/ID cards and the level of interoperability among cards issued by all North American jurisdictions. Maintained by the Card Design Standard committee, the CDS is updated as needed based on evolving business needs of issuing agencies. The 2016 update contains numerous edits to capture current technical processes as well as a number of key policy related updates. Download the 2016 document here.
AAMVA has published a new Resource Guide on Gender Designation on Driver's Licenses and Identification Cards. The guide provides a comprehensive listing of the range of approaches jurisdictions use when serving customers who apply to make a gender designation change on government-issued DL/IDs.
AAMVA joins Donate Life America and Donate Life state teams in celebrating National DMV Appreciation Week, September 19-23, 2016. The Donate Life Community will spend this week saying thank you to Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMVs) across the country for their partnership and commitment to requesting organ donation from each customer. The Donate Life Community will be showing its appreciation of DMV partners by saying thank you to staff and leadership of DMVs across the country through national and local events and outreach. For more information, visit: www.DonateLife.net.
Here are the most popular stories from AAMVA Regional News - September 16, 2016.
Rhode Island officials have brought in reinforcements to finish the long-troubled computer modernization project at the Division of Motor Vehicles. Read the full story at ProvidenceJournal.com.
DMV in the town of Holly Springs in North Carolina is offering customers a completely different experience than what they might expect. Tucked into a shopping center within the town, the quaint space hosts everything from a cafe, where customers can grab freshly baked cupcakes, made-to-order smoothies, and coffee, to a kid's play area for parents who arrive with their children. Read the full story at TravelandLeisure.com.
The 2015 report from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area – a program run by the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy – offered a grim view of marijuana legalization and its impact on traffic safety in Colorado. Read the full story at SacBee.com.
An Alaska driver's license won't stop being a valid identification to get on Fort Wainwright starting Oct. 10 as previously announced. Read the full story at NewsMiner.com.