Highway Code and MOT Changes Will Accompany UK Driverless Car Revolution

By Gerald Lynch on at

The government sees the UK as an eventual leader when it comes to driverless car technology, but recognises that the systems currently governing our roads are inadequate to cover the influx of Johnny Cabs we'll one day see on motorways. It's today revealed plans of a major review of road laws to accommodate the new technology.

With public road testing of driverless technologies allowed as of today, a code of practice will be published by the Department of Transport this Spring which will outline changes that need to be made to the Highway Code and MOT requirements before the vehicles could go mainstream. This will be followed by a full review of legislation in 2017.

"Driverless vehicle technology has the potential to be a real game-changer on the UK's roads, altering the face of motoring in the most fundamental of ways and delivering major benefits for road safety, social inclusion, emissions and congestion," said transport minister Claire Perry.

Points that will be under consideration by the 2017 review include who takes responsibility in the event of a collision, and whether or not autonomous vehicles should be held to a higher standard than flesh-and-blood drivers.

The government has already provided £19 million in funding for driverless car schemes in Greenwich, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Coventry.