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Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018

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(1)Any damage for which a person is liable under section 2 is treated as if it had been caused—

(a)for the purposes of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976, by that person's wrongful act, neglect or default;

(b)for the purposes of sections 3 to 6 of the Damages (Scotland) Act 2011 (asp 7) (rights of relatives of a deceased), by that person's act or omission;

(c)for the purposes of Part 2 of the Administration of Justice Act 1982 (damages for personal injuries, etc Scotland), by an act or omission giving rise to liability in that person to pay damages.

(2)Section 1 of the Congenital Disabilities (Civil Liability) Act 1976 (“the 1976 Act”) has effect for the purposes of section 2 of this Act—

(a)as if a person were answerable to a child in respect of an accident caused by an automated vehicle when driving itself if the person—

(i)is or has been liable under section 2 in respect of any effect of the accident on a parent of the child, or

(ii)would be so liable if the accident caused a parent of the child to suffer damage;

(b)as if the provisions of this Part relating to liability under section 2 applied in relation to liability by virtue of paragraph (a) above under section 1 of the 1976 Act;

(c)as if subsection (6) of section 1 of the 1976 Act (exclusion of liability) were omitted.

(3)For the purposes of section 3(1), the Law Reform (Contributory Negligence) Act 1945 and section 5 of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (contributory negligence) have effect as if the behaviour of the automated vehicle were the fault of the person made liable for the damage by section 2 of this Act.

(4)Liability under section 2 is treated as liability in tort or, in Scotland, delict for the purposes of any enactment conferring jurisdiction on a court with respect to any matter.

(5)An insurer or vehicle owner who has a right of action against a person by virtue of section 5 does not have a right to recover contribution from that person under the Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978 or under section 3 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1940.

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