Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

Report of the committee

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications has the honour to present its

EIGHTH REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, to study the regulatory and technical issues related to the deployment of connected and automated vehicles, respectfully requests funds for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, and requests, for the purpose of such study, that it be empowered:

(ato engage the services of such counsel, technical, clerical and other personnel as may be necessary;

(bto travel outside Canada.

Pursuant to Chapter 3:06, section 2(1)(c) of the Senate Administrative Rules, the budget submitted to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration and the report thereon of that committee are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

DENNIS DAWSON

Chair

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS

Study on the regulatory and technical issues related to the deployment of connected and automated vehicles

APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2018

Extract from the Journals of the Senate, Wednesday, March 9, 2016:

The Honourable Senator Dawson moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Moore:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications be authorized to examine and report on the regulatory and technical issues related to the deployment of connected and automated vehicles. In particular, the study would consider the long-term implications and challenges of these technologies, such as the impacts on privacy, energy, land use, transportation demand and employment; and

That the committee report to the Senate no later than March 30, 2017, and that it retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 180 days after the tabling of the final report.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

Extract from the Journals of the Senate of Thursday, March 9, 2017:

The Honourable Senator MacDonald moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Marshall:

That, notwithstanding the order of the Senate adopted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, the date for the final report of the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications in relation to its study on the regulatory and technical issues related to the deployment of connected and automated vehicles be extended from March 30, 2017 to December 31, 2017.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

Nicole Proulx

Clerk of the Senate

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS

Study on the regulatory and technical issues related to the deployment of connected and automated vehicles

APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2018

SUMMARY OF BUDGET

Activity 1:
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

$47,145
TOTAL

$47,145

The above budget was approved by the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

The undersigned or an alternate will be in attendance on the date that this budget is considered.












Date
Vice-président du Comité sénatorial permanent des transports et des communications
MICHAEL L. MACDONALD
Deputy Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications











Date
Président du Comité permanent de la régie interne, des budgets et de l’administration
LEO HOUSAKOS
Chair, Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

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HISTORICAL INFORMATION

GENERAL ESTIMATE OF THE TOTAL COST OF THE SPECIAL STUDY

Pursuant to Chapter 3:06, section 2(2) of the Senate Administrative Rules.

Incurred expenses for fiscal year 2016-2017: $ 7,130

Expenses approved for previous activities for fiscal year 2017-2018: $87,142

Projected new expenses for fiscal year 2017-2018: $ 47,145

Estimate of the total cost of the special study: $ 141,417

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS

Study on the regulatory and technical issues related to the deployment of connected and automated vehicles

EXPLANATION OF BUDGET ITEMS

APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2018

ACTIVITY 1: ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, USA



November 27 and 28, 2017



FACT-FINDING MISSION



15 participants: 8 Senators, 7 staff



(2 clerks, 2 analysts, 2 interpreters and 1 communication officer)









TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES








1.Transportation - air24,400




8 senators x $2,000 (0224)





7 staff x $1,200 (0227)



2.Hotel accommodation5,625




8 senators, $375/night, 1 night (0222)





7 staff, $375/night, 1 night (0226)



3.Per diem(102.65 US$ = 129.00 CAD on Oct. 13, 2017)3,870




8 senators, $129/day, 2 days (0221)





7 staff, $129/day, 2 days (0225)



4.Working meals (travel) (0231)2,200


5.Taxis5,250




8 senators x $350 (0223)





7 staff x $350 (0232)



6.Charter bus (0228)3,000




(2 days, $1,500/day)



Sub-total
$44,345








ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES










OTHER



3.Miscellaneous costs associated with travel (0229)1,000










RENTALS



4.Rental - interpretation equipment (0504)1,800




(2 days, $900/day)



Sub-total
$2,800








Total of Activity 1
$47,145







Grand Total

$ 47,145

The Senate Administration has reviewed this budget application.












Date
Blair Armitage, Principal Clerk,
Committees Directorate











Date
Nathalie Charpentier, Comptroller,
Finance and Procurement Directorate

APPENDIX (B) TO THE REPORT

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has examined the budget presented to it by the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications for the proposed expenditures of the said committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, for the purpose of its special study on the regulatory and technical issues related to the deployment of connected and automated vehicles, respectfully requests funds for the fiscal year ending, as authorized by the Senate on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The approved budget is as follows:

Activity 1:
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

$47,145
TOTAL

$47,145

(includes funds for a fact-finding mission; includes funds for 8 senators to travel)

The budgets approved by the Senate for each travel activity are the maximum amount that can be spent for that activity;

Budgets normally include funds for the full membership of the committee to travel;

In general, a reduced delegation actually travels and efforts are made to find additional savings;

Therefore, actual expenditures are expected to be considerably below the approved budget, and they will be reported to the Senate;

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Any surplus funds remaining at the conclusion of a travel activity will be clawed-back and can be made available for allocation to committees for other activities.

Respectfully submitted,

LEO HOUSAKOS

Chair