Your Views are wanted re Automated Vehicles Consultation

Start Date:
1st January 2019

End Date:
8th February 2019

Start Time:

End Time:

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 by 1 February 2019 with the word ‘automation’ in the subject box of your email.

The consultation which you can find at this link 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

You can also send your responses:

By email:

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.

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