Motoring of the Future

March 6 2015  

Motoring of the Future

Transport Committee Select Committee Announcement

Publication of Report - Motoring of the Future

Visionary UK strategy required to unlock benefits of new motoring technologies, warn MPs


New automotive technologies could unblock congested highways, deliver a step change in road safety and provide the basis for rapid industrial growth, but the Department for Transport (DfT) will need to develop a comprehensive strategy to maximise the benefits of new motoring technology, such as telematics and driverless cars, for people and businesses in the UK.

Launching a report on Motoring of the Future today, Louise Ellman MP, Chair of Transport Committee said:
 

“Motoring is being transformed by new materials, new fuels and information technology. The Government must do more to ensure that people and businesses in the UK benefit from this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
 

Following its wide-ranging inquiry, the Transport Select Committee calls on the DfT to:
•    Clarify how the introduction of self-driving cars will affect the liabilities of drivers, manufacturers and insurers.
•    Positively engage in setting European and international standards that will help UK manufacturers develop products suitable for export.
•    Ask the Information Commissioner to update guidelines on the collection, access and use of vehicle data.
•    Use data on driver behaviour held by the insurance industry and others to inform policy making and improve road safety.
 

Committee Chair Louise Ellman MP added:
"The public need to be sure that new types of vehicles are safe to travel on our roads. The Government must do more to prepare for a transition period where manual, semi-autonomous and driverless vehicles will share UK roads. Transport Ministers must explain how different types of vehicles will be certified and tested, how drivers will be trained and how driving standards will be updated, monitored and enforced."
 

Further Information

Committee Membership is as follows: 
Mrs Louise Ellman (Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool Riverside) (Chair); Sarah Champion (Labour, Rotherham); Jim Fitzpatrick (Labour, Poplar and Limehouse); Mr Tom Harris (Labour, Glasgow South); Karen Lumley (Conservative, Redditch); Jason McCartney (Conservative, Colne Valley); Karl McCartney (Conservative, Lincoln); Mr Adrian Sanders (Lib Dem, Torbay); Chloe Smith (Conservative, Norwich North); Graham Stringer (Labour, Blackley and Broughton); Martin Vickers (Conservative, Cleethorpes).
 

Committee Website: www.parliament.uk/transcom

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