Dr Nicholas Bevan's legal training and awareness blog is primarily intended for motor insurers and legal professionals handling motor accident claims. It was launched in April 2013 to increase awareness of the UK’s systemically defective national law provision in this area.
Nicholas provides legal consultancy services to his professional clients as well as free advice to motor accident victims. Contact him on: 01823 325365 or 07968 427134 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Strict liability under section 2 Automated And Electric Vehicles Act 2018 and the lack of suitable legal provision for intermediate levels of vehicle automation.
In the second of my New Law
Journal mini-series, I consider the strengths and weaknesses of the Autonomous And Electric
Vehicles Act 2018. I explain why this legislation is defective and why it is also a missed opportunity: as it fails to address the urgent need to clarify the law concerning the intermediate
levels of vehicle automation that are close to market. I conclude that victims of partially automated vehicles have been badly let down by the Department of Transport, that appears to have been browbeaten by the motor insurance industry into allowing them to cherry the pick low risk liability represented from the fully automated vehicles of the future. The government has mapped out (imperfectly) the high ground of highly advanced automation but ignored the treacherous ground leading there.