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The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) is seeking comments on the draft of the Automated Vehicle Testing Permit Guidance and Application. That document outlines the process to approve the testing of automated vehicles, often referred to as self-driving cars, on public roads in Vermont in accordance with the Automated Vehicle Testing Act signed into law last summer (23 V.S.A. Chapter 41). You are receiving this invitation to comment because of your previous involvement and interest in the topic.

This guide is intended for use by applicants who are seeking a permit to test automated vehicles on public roads in Vermont and for municipalities that are considering allowing testing on town highways under their jurisdiction. It also serves as a guide to the Vermont Traffic Committee, whose approval is required for all automated vehicle test permits in the state, in its deliberations over specific permit applications.

The guide and information about automated vehicles are available here.

The agency is requesting comments by Tuesday, June 30, 2020, though the comment period may be extended due to challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and state of emergency.

AOT staff will summarize the draft guidance and answer questions during an online meeting on Friday, June 19, from 1-3 p.m. To participate, you must either register through the website or call Katharine Otto at 802-917-3451.

AOT will post responses to comments and a final draft on its website. The final draft will be considered for adoption by the Vermont Traffic Committee during a public meeting at a date and location to be determined.

For more information, contact Joe Segale at 802-477-2365 or joe.segale@vermont.gov. Email public comments to joe.segale@vermont.gov or mail to:

Joe Segale, Policy, Planning & Research Bureau Director
Vermont Agency of Transportation
219 North Main Street
Barre, VT 05641.