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Automated Vehicles Bill clears Commons hurdle

01 May 2024 2 minute read
An autonomous driving car and digital speedometer

A proposed law paving the way for self-driving cars to be used on UK roads has cleared the House of Commons.

MPs gave the Automated Vehicles Bill an unopposed third reading and it is on the verge of becoming law.

The Bill, which has previously been supported by the House of Lords, aims to set the legal framework for the safe deployment of self-driving vehicles.

The UK Government’s Transport Secretary Mark Harper has previously said autonomous cars enabling drivers not to concentrate on the road will be used in the UK from 2026.

Speaking in the Commons on Wednesday, Mr Harper said: “This legislation is part of our strategy to make sure that Britain is at the forefront of this exciting new technology, to make sure that we can create well paid, secure jobs in this country and lead this industry.

“But also to make sure that we have safer roads, with technology that will contribute to an improvement in road safety and continue Britain’s leadership in that position.”

Shadow transport minister Bill Esterson said he could “wholeheartedly agree” with Mr Harper about the “desirability” of the Bill, including the potential to improve road safety and economic opportunities.

A series of Government amendments to tweak parts of the Bill were made in the Commons, meaning peers are expected to give it another look before it clears Parliament.

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16 days ago

Stupid idea at the moment. But the rest of the commentary on the bill is worrying, I think there in lies some demons that people wont want in their cars.

Cons in Wales will probably look back on the 20mph as the good old days with what could be in the pipeline from the Cons government.

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