There was no public testimony on this agenda item. Commissioner Mielke served on the ULC drafting committee and stated that the focus of act was creating a process for a state to register automated vehicles and define who the "driver" is to assign financial responsible for the vehicle and the vehicle's actions. The act defines the driver as the automated-vehicle provider. Current Colorado law deals only with the testing of the vehicles, not with ownership or registration of the vehicles and the uniform act will not affect it. The act benefits Colorado by putting in place a process that fits within current motor vehicle laws requiring automated vehicles to be federally certified in order to be registered. In addition, the act provides financial protection for a state by requiring that the expenses from any additional required actions for regulation is paid by the entity needing the action.
The commission asked whether passing the act would precipitate the need for additional conforming amendments or additional legislation. Commissioner Mielke indicated that this should not be the case as the act is intended to fit within current motor vehicle law to hold automated vehicles to the same state laws as driver-driven vehicles. The act was not introduced last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Commissioner Mielke moved to draft the Uniform Automated Operation of Vehicles Act. Commissioner Tipper seconded and the motion passed 6 to 2. Commissioners Mielke and Tipper are commission contacts on the bill. Commissioner Tipper agreed to help find a sponsor for the bill.