The era of advanced, automated and electric vehicles (AAEVs) has begun; the legal transformation is starting.
In July 2018, parliament enacted the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018, legislating for electric vehicle charging and allowing a direct civil claim against the motor insurer of an automated, 'self-driving' vehicle. In May 2022, the UK government announced its intention to create a new legal category for e-scooters. In April 2023, a 'hands free' advanced driver assistance system was approved for use on certain motorways across England, Wales and Scotland.
Motor vehicle technologies have developed since the nineteenth century and have affected numerous aspects of our lives - from road safety to the environment, from the laws of civil liability to the rules of compulsory insurance. As AAEV technologies proliferate, their effects are likely to spread further, into legal areas less associated with motor vehicles such as equality and privacy.
This book describes the emerging laws of advanced, automated and electric vehicles in England and Wales, explaining:
- The development of motor vehicle laws (including vehicle specification law, the law of motor insurance and the laws of passenger transport) and putting new AAEV laws into their historical and legal contexts
- The laws of civil and criminal liability relating to motor vehicles and how those laws are adapting to AAEVs
- The public laws relating to motor vehicles which are likely to be affected by AAEVs, including environmental law and the laws of equality, of data protection and privacy
This book will help those litigating, adjudicating, regulating and studying AAEV issues. It gives the context and detail of AAEV law in its many applications. It is a map to a fast-changing legal landscape.
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Table of Contents
PART I - INTRODUCTION 1. Introduction to AAEV Law 2. The Law of Vehicle Specifications 3. The Law of Testing Prototypes 4. The Law of Driving 5. The Law of Passenger Services and Public Transport 6. The Law of Motor Insurance 7. Themes of AAEV Law 8. Problems of AAEV Law PART II – CIVIL LAW 9. Road Traffic Accident Claims 10. Vehicle Defect Claims 11. Passenger Claims 12. Employer's Liability Claims 13. Highway Claims 14. Delivery Claims 15. Electric Vehicle Charging Claims 16. Smaller Electric Vehicle Claims 17. Data and Privacy Claims 18. Personal Security Claims 19. Procedure for Additional Claims 20. Damages PART III – CRIMINAL OFFENCES 21. 'Moving' Offences 22. 'Keeping' Offences 23. 'Construction' Offences 24. 'Obstruction' Offences 25. 'Tampering' Offences PART IV – PUBLIC LAWS 26. Data and Privacy Law 27. Equality Law 28. Highway Law 29. Human Rights Law 30. Environmental Law Appendix History