Driverless cars and accidents - what the government's new bill means for victims

02 Mar 2017

Alistair Kinley, BLM's director of policy and government affairs has authored an article for The Times, today which focuses on the recently published Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill.

 "The UK has long been heading towards a driverless road network. Last week this took another leap forward - most significantly, perhaps, for the insurance industry - when the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill was published by the government.

 "Is this legislation a window into a future of driverless cars, integrated "hyperways" and robotic delivery drones? Probably not, and thankfully that sort of Orwellian or even Ballardian dystopia is still some way off, even if companies such as Uber, Google and Tesla are positioning themselves to be at the vanguard of this emerging industry.

 "What has come a little closer with the bill is a clear statement from the government about how people injured by automated vehicles (AVs) will be protected once the technology is approved for use on UK roads. There will be a "single insurer" approach, with the insurer of the AV becoming something of a proxy defendant (our term) for the manufacturer. This means that injured drivers and other road users can continue to claim against an insurer and will not face having to make potentially complex product liability claims against manufacturers. This new regime is to be completed by giving the insurer a right of recovery against the manufacturer…"

 To read Alistair’s full article and to be redirected to The Times website, please click here.

 

 

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