'Crucial’: New Highway Code laws needed before major driving law changes later this year

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“There could be complex arguments raised by those bringing or facing personal injury proceedings whereby a vehicle collides with a stalled vehicle whose driver is unable to find refuge in what used to be a hard shoulder.”  

They claim the introduction of the Automated Lane Keeping System (ALKS) could create a grey area for legal liability.

In January 2022, the Law Commission sought to clarify the situation by stating that any vehicle fitted with the technology would need to pass a two-stage process of approval before it can be used lawfully in self-driving mode.

In this circumstance, if drivers fail to take back control and an accident occurs, they may be held responsible for the accident. 


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