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Consultation on regulation of self-driving vehicles 22/10/2019 The Law Commissions are consulting on proposals for the potential future regulation of self-driving vehicles

Consultation on regulation of self-driving vehicles

The Law Commissions are consulting on proposals for the potential future regulation of self-driving vehicles. It is their second consultation paper, and forms part of a three-year review commissioned by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.

The paper, by the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission, focuses on how completely automated trips might be supplied to the public in vehicles that can travel empty or only with passengers and no driver or user-in-charge (referred to as Highly Automated Road Passenger Services (HARPS)).

It asks a series of questions to examine the types of changes that may be required to regulate HARPS. These include:

  • Whether HARPS should be subject to a new, single, national system of operator licensing?
  • If so, what obligations should fall on HARPS operators? For example, obligations relating to maintenance, remote supervision and the reporting of accidents.
  • Who should these obligations fall on when a passenger-only vehicle is privately-owned?
  • How can we ensure that HARPS are accessible?
  • What regulatory tools should be used to control congestion and cruising?
  • How should HARPS be integrated with public transport?

Comments are sought by 16th January 2020 and the consultation paper can be found here.
 

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