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AVIA Statement Urging Governor Newsom to Veto AB 316

Washington, D.C. – The Autonomous Vehicle Industry Association (AVIA) issued the following statement after the California Senate passed AB 316 – a bill that stands to bar autonomous trucks from operating in California:

“We are disappointed to see AB 316 pass the California Senate. The Department of Motor Vehicles and Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) were correct that AB 316 undermines oversight of expert regulators in California. AB 316 will also lock in the unacceptable safety status quo on the state’s roads and cause California to miss out on the supply chain benefits of autonomous trucking," said Executive Director Jeff Farrah.

"We urge Governor Newsom to veto AB 316 so experts in his administration can evaluate autonomous trucking technology and ensure California benefits from the technology.”