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Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018

Legal background

  1. The legal background is explained (where relevant) in the policy background sections of these Notes. The current legal framework for compulsory motor insurance is set out in part 6 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. Part 1 of the Act supplements and amends that framework for automated vehicles. Part 2 of the Act supplements recent EU legislation1 which has now been implemented in the UK2. This legislation is intended, in part, to address interoperability of charge points by mandating standard connectors for vehicles. It also improves access to charge points by mandating that charge points are capable of being accessed without memberships, as well as requiring that certain information is made available on charge points. The provisions in Part 2 of the Act provide delegated powers to build on these improvements.

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