Industry wants Transport Bill to cover self-driving technology

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Connected and Automated Mobility has joined industry voices calling for the upcoming Transport Bill to support a non-prescriptive and flexible regulatory framework for self-driving technology that allows for the rapid development and innovation taking place in the sector.

Ben Everitt MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Connected and Automated Mobility , said: “The CAM APPG was delighted to discuss how the upcoming Transport Bill can deliver the benefits of autonomous technology to local communities up and down the country.

“As we await the Government’s response to the Law Commission of England and Wales review into self-driving vehicles and the call for evidence on the future of connected and automated mobility in the UK, the APPG will continue to advise on how we can build on the great progress made to date and ensure that the whole country is able to benefit from these innovative technologies.”

Dougie Barnett, customer risk management director at Axa UK, added: “Self-driving technology could pave the way for safer roads, increased mobility and productivity and cleaner transport. However, alongside the legislation the Government must work with the industry to ensure there is no public confusion surrounding autonomous vehicles and place more emphasis on educating the public on how to use and interact with these vehicles safely.”

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