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A very Modern Transport Bill

Lucy McCormick assesses what is likely to make it into the pioneering Bill and what high-flying tech is already being used by car manufacturers

7 June 2016

On 18 May 2016, the Queen travelled to the state opening of parliament in the traditional golden horse-drawn carriage. It was pleasingly incongruous to then hear her announce that her ministers 'will ensure the United Kingdom is at the forefront of technology for new forms of transport, including autonomous and electric vehicles'. This was a reference
to the proposed Modern Transport Bill.

According to a recent government briefing, the Bill will include:

  • Legislation to enable the future development of the UK's first commercial spaceports;

  • New laws to make the UK ready to pioneer driverless cars; and

  • New rules to bring safe commercial and personal drone flight a step closer for households and businesses.

More prosaically, the Bill is also intended to update ATOL, the UK's financial protection scheme for holidays, which dates from before the boom in online ho...

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