1st January 2019
8th February 2019
The Law Commission are reviewing the regulatory framework for the safe deployment of automated vehicles in the UK. Our preliminary consultation is now open and closes on 8 February 2019.
Disability Rights UK will be responding to this consultation and would like to hear your views. Please email email@example.com by 1 February 2019 with the word ‘automation’ in the subject box of your email.
The consultation which you can find at this link https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lawcom-prod-storage-11jsxou24uy7q/uploads/2018/11/6.5066_LC_AV-Consultation-Paper-5-November_061118_WEB-1.pdf suggests that, in future, cars with automated driving systems will not have drivers but instead a “user-in-charge” who would need to be ready to take control of a vehicle in situations where automation is likely cause an accident.
The good thing about automated cars is that they have the ‘potential to offer enhanced mobility to those who are currently unable to drive, such as disabled persons’.
Key considerations in the consultation:
- Liability for accidents/injury when a vehicle is automated – the user-in-charge would be liable in some situations, but not others
- Changes/additions to the current driving test – including possibly separate test categories, which are currently illegal under EU law
- Possible licence changes for specially adapted vehicles
The consultation closes on 8 February 2019. If you wish to respond without going via Disability Rights UK Please send us your comments, preferably using the online portal at https://consult.justice.gov.uk/law-commission/automated-vehicles.
You can also send your responses:
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By post: Automated Vehicles Team, Law Commission, 1st Floor, Tower, 52 Queen Anne’s Gate, London, SW1H 9AG.
If you have any questions, you can contact us by phone: 020 3334 0200.