Automated Vehicle Law & Issues

Full Version: SB 56 (2018)
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S.B. 56




Chief Sponsor: Wayne A. Harper
House Sponsor: Kay J. Christofferson


General Description:

This bill modifies provisions of the Traffic Code related to safe following distance.

Highlighted Provisions:

This bill:
  • defines "connected platooning system";
  • provides an exemption to a minimum following distance requirement for the operator of a vehicle that is part of a connected platooning system; and
  • makes technical and conforming changes.
Money Appropriated in this Bill:

Other Special Clauses:

Utah Code Sections Affected:

41-6a-711, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapters 277 and 412

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

Section 1. Section 41-6a-711 is amended to read:

41-6a-711. Following another vehicle -- Safe distance -- Exceptions -- Penalty.

(1) As used in this section, "connected platooning system" means a system that uses
vehicle-to-vehicle communication to electronically coordinate the speed and braking of a lead
vehicle with the speed and braking of one or more following vehicles.

(2) The operator of a vehicle:

(a) may not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having
regard for the:

(i) speed of the vehicles;

(ii) traffic upon the highway; and

(iii) condition of the highway; and

(b) shall follow at a distance so that at least two seconds elapse before reaching the
location of the vehicle directly in front of the operator's vehicle.

(3) Subsection (2)(b) does not apply to:

(a) funeral processions or to congested traffic conditions resulting in prevailing vehicle
speeds of less than 35 miles per hour; or

(b) the operator of a vehicle that is:

(i) part of a connected platooning system; and

(ii) not the lead vehicle.

(4) A violation of Subsection (2) is an infraction.