Law Commission to brief ITS (UK) members on latest remote driving issues

Members of the UK’s Intelligent Transport Systems community will get the chance to find out the latest issues around law changes to prepare for driverless vehicles, thanks to a briefing session by ITS (UK).

The Law Commission is currently working on a review of the legal status around remote driving, and is consulting with Industry on the options.  These surround reliable connectivity, situational awareness and remote driver alertness, as well as cyber security.

The consultation is looking at uncertainties and risks in the way current legislation applies to remote driving and is seeking views on possible legal reforms in both the short and long term to address these challenges.

To ensure it gets full value of the expertise from the Intelligent Transport Systems Industry, the Commission is working with ITS (UK)’s Connected Vehicle Forum to discuss these issues, ahead of ITS (UK) Members contributing a response to the Consultation early next month.

The briefing, at 10am on Tuesday 9 August will feature a team of legal experts from the Law Commission presenting the issues they have identified, and engaging in discussion with the technical experts from the ITS (UK) CV Forum.

“While technology surrounding Connected and Automated Driving is improving all the time, it is vital that legislation keeps up and the fact the Law Commission is being so proactive in this area is helping the UK become a leader in the field,” commented ITS (UK) Secretary General Jennie Martin.  “Our Connected Vehicles Forum, led by experts Andy Graham of White Willow Consulting and WSP’s Ian Pengelly, is ideally placed to help those drafting laws to understand the potential and dangers of the new technology, and we are delighted to work with the Law Commission on this.  Any Member who feels they can add to our Consultation response is welcome, and indeed encouraged, to join us for the briefing.”


ITS (UK) has long worked with the Law Commission, responding to two initial consultations in 2019 and another on the regulatory framework for AVs last year.

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