New rules take future UK cars up a gear

A new bill outlining new rules for self-driving car insurance and EV charging stations is being introduced today. The Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill aims to help the UK become a […]

By Jonny Bairstow

A new bill outlining new rules for self-driving car insurance and EV charging stations is being introduced today.

The Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill aims to help the UK become a world leader in future transport technologies by encouraging their testing and deployment.

According to the bill, a single insurance policy for automated vehicles will be able to cover the motorist both when they are driving and when the car is in automated mode, allowing faster and easier access to compensation.

The Secretary of State will have the power to classify which vehicles are ‘automated’ and subject to the new insurance requirement.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Automated vehicles have the potential to transform our roads in the future and make them even safer and easier to use, as well as promising new mobility for those who cannot drive.

“But we must ensure the public is protected in the event of an incident and today we are introducing the framework to allow insurance for these new technologies.”

The bill also sets out to ensure the right infrastructure is in place for the growing EV market – motorway services and large petrol stations could be made to provide electric charging points and hydrogen refuelling pumps under new laws.

Measures could also make it mandatory to widely share the locations of refuelling sites and to give users access to all of the green fuel networks in operation.

The UK Government has awarded £4 million for innovative transport technology projects.