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Articles TCC 25th Mar 2021

Lucy McCormick co-authors Bar Council response to Law Commission’s Automated Vehicles consultation

Lucy McCormick has co-authored the Bar Council response to the Law Commission’s third consultation paper on automated vehicle (AV) law, which the Bar Council has published today (link here)

This is a detailed response, by the Law Reform Committee of the Bar Council, to the last stage of the Law Commission’s three-year consultation on AV law.  The Law Commission proposes significant changes to British road transport law, to accommodate automated vehicle technologies – from autonomous cars to delivery robots – including new methods of regulating vehicles, assuring safety and attributing civil and criminal responsibility.  The Law Commission’s review of AV law is due to conclude at the end of 2021, with regulation likely to follow.

The response has been written by three barristers specialising in AV law: Alex Glassbrook (Temple Garden Chambers), Adam King (QEB Hollis Whiteman) and Lucy McCormick (Henderson Chambers). It discusses the many complexities of reforming the law to accommodate automated driving systems, including a new scheme of safety regulation, new criminal offences, equality, data issues and how notions of legal responsibility might be adapted for a new era of transport.

This publication is available to download as a PDF below.

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