The next step in legislating for the use of self driving vehicles

The Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 received Royal Assent in July 2018. While providing (in broad terms) for a system of civil liability where an accident is caused by an automated vehicle and establishing core definitions, the Act does not seek to address a number of important issues. Instead, the task of fleshing out the regulatory framework for automated vehicles was referred to the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission.

On 8 November 2018, the Commissions published a Joint Preliminary Consultation Paper – the first step of a three-year review into the laws and regulations needed to support the introduction of automated vehicles.

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On 19 July 2018, the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill received Royal Assent and became an Act of Parliament. The new Automated and Electric Vehicles Act represents the first legislative step towards the UK Government’s aim of establishing the UK as a world leader in the development and deployment of driverless car technology and creating “the most advanced regulatory framework for driverless cars in the world.”

This briefing considers the key provisions of the Act relating to automated vehicles.

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