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New driving law changes: self-driving cars will force the road traffic regulations to “completely change”

Legal experts say that road traffic rules need to be “completely changed” to ensure that the laws are relevant to the new driverless technology. Experts warn that drivers may not need to be instructed in things like braking distances or instructions, as cars do so automatically.

Mr Uddin added: “The whole legal framework needs to be changed to include self-driving cars.

“The Legal Commission is currently in its final phase of consultation.

“Every scenario in connection with autonomous vehicles and the development of an Automated Driving System (ADS – a system in the vehicle, not in the vehicle itself) is taken into account.”

The aim of the consultation with the Legal Commission is to gather opinions on a proposed regulatory framework for automated vehicles.

The DfT has suggested that self-driving vehicles could help bring the end of urban traffic jams, which would reduce emissions and improve air quality.

Self-driving cars could also improve access to transport for people with mobility problems and lead to more reliable public transport.

Transport Secretary Rachel Maclean said the new tool is an important step towards the use of driverless cars in the UK but called for “safe use of the technology”.

She said: “This is an important step towards the safe use of self-driving vehicles in the UK, which will make future travel greener, easier and more reliable, while also helping the country better build.

“But we need to make sure this exciting new technology is used safely, so we’re debating what the rules should be for it.

“This will enable us to improve traffic for everyone and secure Britain’s place as a global science superpower.”


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