This blog was launched by Nicholas Bevan in April 2013 to alert his fellow legal professionals to the systemic illegality that permeated the UK's national law provision for compulsory third party motor insurance. Major reforms have resulted. Unfortunately, Brexit has stalled this process, making this blog largely redundant. Earlier posts are retained here as archive material.
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.