Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018

Commencement: 19th July 2018


This Act is intended to enable consumers in the United Kingdom to benefit from improvements in transport technology. It provides a framework for new regulations to be made to enable new transport technology to be invented, designed, made and used.

Part 1 of this Act relates to motor insurance for automated vehicles (i.e. vehicles that can drive themselves without human intervention) and determines liability where an accident caused by an automated vehicle occurs.

Part 2 of this Act relates to electric vehicle charging. It is intended to address incompatibility of charge points by requiring standard connectors for vehicles.

It also improves access to charge points by requiring that they are accessible without membership, certain information is made available on charge points and there is a common method of payment.

This Act set out duties for the Secretary of State and places no direct duties on businesses.

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