Self-Driving Legal Concerns

“THE ARRIVAL of self-driving vehicles on UK roads is seen as something of an evolution rather than revolution, but it does threaten to tear up the rulebook when it comes to motoring law,” says Paul Loughlin, a solicitor specialising in motoring law at Stephensons.

“It raises questions about how much liability we can attribute to a person if the truck or car was carrying out its functions automatically. Can a driver of a self-driving vehicle be guilty of something that the software or mechanics was controlling at the time of the incident? Is the driver of that vehicle to blame or the manufacturer?

“There are many questions that need to be addressed and it is clear that the law must make considerable changes in order to accommodate self-driving vehicles on our roads,” suggests Paul.

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