MANITOBA INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION: Province Introduces Legislation to Allow Safe Testing of Automated Vehicles on Manitoba Roads

Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation issued the following announcement on March 4.

The Manitoba government has introduced legislation that would allow testing of automated vehicles on provincial roads, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today.

“Development of vehicle technology, including automated self-driving vehicles, is progressing rapidly worldwide and these changes will help make Manitoba competitive in attracting business and keeping pace with other jurisdictions,” said Schuler. “Our government is honouring our commitment to bring forward legislative amendments that would create a framework to allow the safe testing of automated vehicles on Manitoba roads.”

The Vehicle Technology Testing Act (Various Acts Amended) would create a framework to enable testing of vehicle technology and types including automated and connected. Testing advanced and alternative vehicle technologies would also position the province as an attractive location for companies to test intelligent transportation infrastructure.

Before the province can authorize testing, it would develop regulations and a permitting system this year, in consultation with stakeholders, the minister noted.

“By enabling developers to safely test emerging vehicle technologies on provincial roadways, we are supporting Manitoba’s large agricultural, trucking, heavy vehicle manufacturing and technology development sectors,” said Schuler. “Numerous vehicle technologies are in development and ready for testing, creating opportunities for Manitoba-based business.”

The bill also amends The Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) Corporation Act and The Insurance Act concerning registration and insurance requirements for vehicle testing organizations.

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