12 November 2018
Source: Disability Rights UK
The Department for Transport is consulting on future law changes for the safe use of automated vehicles in the UK.
The consultation 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.
For full information please go to the Disability Rights UK Website
The consultation closes on 8 February 2019.