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Remote control parking legalised

Date: 17 May 2018   |   Author: Sean Keywood

New laws have been introduced by the UK Government allowing drivers to use remote control parking systems on British roads. 

The government held a consultation on changes to the Highway Code and relevant regulations earlier this year, and says it received 'overwhelming support' from a range of groups including manufacturers, insurers and haulage companies. 

As well as remote parking, the changes, which will come into force in June, also relate to motorway assist systems that can control autonomous lane changing. 

Currently, regulations state drivers may not hold a mobile device while in their vehicle, but the update will allow drivers to use a remote control parking device if they are within six metres of their vehicle.

The government says that drivers using advanced driver assistance technology must continue to maintain overall control of their vehicle.

Transport minister Jesse Norman 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."

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes 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."