remote control parking rules changed Image: Gov.uk

From June 2018 drivers will be able to use remote control parking on British roads

Developments like remote control parking and motorway assist have the potential to transform car travel. Including unlocking tight parking spaces and using computers to help driver accuracy on the road.

Jesse Norman MP, Transport Minister said:

“Advanced driver assistance systems are already starting to revolutionise driving.
It’s encouraging to see the strong support for these innovations from a range of stakeholders. We will continue to review our driving laws, in order to ensure drivers can enjoy the potential of these new tools safely.”

Technology also has the potential to make driving more energy efficient. Leading to cheaper, cleaner journeys, and improved air quality for both drivers and pedestrians.

New technologies

The changes are part of a package of work to ensure UK road laws are fit to support automated driving technology as it develops.

The government also recently tasked the Law Commission with a detailed review of driving laws, along with planned updates to the code of practice to ensure the UK remains one of the best places in the world to develop, test and drive self-driving vehicles.

This builds on previous consultations on automated driving, and also the recently published Industrial Strategy. This designated the future of mobility as one of the 4 ‘grand challenges’.

This strategy, along with changes to regulatory framework, will help realise the government’s desire to see fully self-driving cars on the UK roads by 2021.

The Highway Code updates will provide clarity for motorists

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said:

“Connected and autonomous vehicles will transform our lives, with the potential to reduce up to 25,000 serious accidents and create more than 300,000 jobs over the next decade.

“Today’s announcement is just one step towards increasing automation but it is an important one enabling increased convenience especially for those with restricted mobility. It is another welcome commitment from government to keep the UK firmly at the forefront of connected and autonomous vehicle development and rollout.”

Further information

While advanced driver assistance technology will benefit British road users, drivers must continue to maintain overall control of their vehicle.

The remote-control function may be used in a variety of ways, from a key fob issued by the manufacturer, to an app on a device such as a mobile phone.

The changes proposed will update Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulation 110.

Currently the regulation stipulates that drivers may not hold a mobile device while in their vehicle. The proposed update will to allow drivers to use their remote control parking device. They will need to be within 6 metres of their vehicle. These updates will then be reflected in the Highway Code.