Users-in-charge would be immune from a wide range of offences directly related to driving

In a joint report published yesterday (26 January 2022) by the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission, sweeping changes to motoring law were recommended to accommodate the introduction of driverless vehicles and vehicles with self-driving features.

Under the report’s proposals, a person in the driving seat of a car authorised by a regulatory authority as having self-driving features would no longer be responsible for how the car drives while these features are engaged. They would be known as the ‘user-in-charge’ and would not face prosecution for offences directly arising from the driving task.

Instead, the ...

Suzanne Townley
News Editor
Solicitors Journal

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