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Automated Vehicles Act 2024

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part 1 Regulatory scheme for automated vehicles

    1. Chapter 1 Authorisation of road vehicles for automated use

      1. Self-driving capability

        1. 1.Basic concepts

        2. 2.Statement of safety principles

      2. Grant of authorisation

        1. 3.Power to authorise

        2. 4.Authorised automation features

      3. Authorisation requirements

        1. 5.Authorisation requirements and conditions

        2. 6.Authorised self-driving entities

        3. 7.Transition demands

      4. Variation, suspension and withdrawal of authorisation

        1. 8.Power to vary, suspend or withdraw

        2. 9.Further provision about variation, suspension and withdrawal

      5. Administration

        1. 10.Register of authorisations

        2. 11.Regulations about authorisation procedure

    2. Chapter 2 Licensing of operators for vehicle use without user-in-charge

      1. 12.Power to establish operator licensing scheme

      2. 13.Further provision about operator licensing

    3. Chapter 3 Provision of information by regulated bodies

      1. Requirements imposed by regulations

        1. 14.Collection and sharing of information

        2. 15.Nomination of individuals

      2. Requirements imposed by notice

        1. 16.Purpose for which notices may be given

        2. 17.Power to issue information notice

        3. 18.Power to issue interview notice

        4. 19.Notices requiring individual attendance

        5. 20.Offences of non-compliance

        6. 21.Enforcement by court

        7. 22.Use of information obtained

        8. 23.Supplementary provision

      3. Offences relating to information about safety

        1. 24.False or withheld information relevant to vehicle safety

        2. 25.Aggravated offence where death or serious injury occurs

      4. Liability of individuals

        1. 26.Liability of nominated individual

        2. 27.Liability of senior manager

    4. Chapter 4 Powers to investigate premises used by regulated bodies

      1. 28.Warrants for entry, search and seizure

      2. 29.Powers exercisable under warrant

      3. 30.Offences of impeding execution of warrant

      4. 31.Seizure of items

      5. 32.Return of warrant

      6. 33.Use of information obtained

    5. Chapter 5 Civil sanctions against regulated bodies

      1. 34.Compliance notices

      2. 35.Redress notices

      3. 36.Monetary penalties

      4. 37.Supplementary provision

    6. Chapter 6 Other regulatory powers and duties

      1. 38.General monitoring duty

      2. 39.Duty with respect to incidents with potential regulatory consequences

      3. 40.Power to require reports from police and local authorities

    7. Chapter 7 Supplementary provision

      1. 41.Notices

      2. 42.Protection of information

      3. 43.Fees

      4. 44.Interpretation

      5. 45.Related amendments

  3. Part 2 Criminal liability for vehicle use

    1. Chapter 1 Legal position of user-in-charge

      1. 46.Meaning of “user-in-charge”

      2. 47.User-in-charge not liable for manner of driving

      3. 48.Exceptions from immunity

      4. 49.User-in-charge otherwise liable as driver

      5. 50.Power to change or clarify existing traffic legislation

      6. 51.Supplementary provision

      7. 52.Interpretation

    2. Chapter 2 Offences

      1. 53.Use of vehicle without driver or licensed oversight

      2. 54.Dangerous use etc

      3. 55.Amendment of tampering offence

      4. 56.Amendment of offence concerning fitting of unsuitable parts

  4. Part 3 Policing and investigation

    1. Chapter 1 Stopping and seizure

      1. 57.Application of stopping powers etc

      2. 58.Seizure and detention

      3. 59.Interpretation

    2. Chapter 2 Investigation of incidents by statutory inspectors

      1. Authorised automated vehicle incident inspectors

        1. 60.The role of inspector

        2. 61.Purpose of inspectors

      2. Investigations

        1. 62.General power to investigate certain incidents

        2. 63.Powers in respect of persons

        3. 64.Powers in respect of premises

        4. 65.Powers in respect of road traffic

        5. 66.Offences of impeding investigation

        6. 67.Application to police officers

        7. 68.Report of findings

        8. 69.Appointment of additional persons to exercise investigatory powers

      3. Supplementary powers

        1. 70.Additional power in respect of information and material

        2. 71.Obtaining reports from police

        3. 72.Ancillary functions

      4. Supplementary provision

        1. 73.Protection of information

        2. 74.Further provision about physical evidence

        3. 75.Expenses

        4. 76.Offences under regulations

        5. 77.Interpretation

  5. Part 4 Marketing restrictions

    1. 78.Restriction of certain terms to authorised automated vehicles

    2. 79.Communications likely to confuse as to autonomous capability

    3. 80.Liability of corporate officers etc

    4. 81.Interpretation and supplementary provision

  6. Part 5 Permits for automated passenger services

    1. Content and effect of permits

      1. 82.Power to grant permits

      2. 83.Disapplication of taxi, private hire vehicle and bus legislation

      3. 84.Civil sanctions for infringements

    2. Requirements before granting permit

      1. 85.Consent requirement for services resembling taxis or private hire vehicles

      2. 86.Consent requirement for services resembling buses

      3. 87.Further requirements

    3. Supplementary provision

      1. 88.Collection, sharing and protection of information

      2. 89.Procedural and administrative matters

      3. 90.Interpretation

  7. Part 6 Adaptation of existing regimes

    1. 91.Power to update type approval requirements

    2. 92.Application of roadside testing powers etc

    3. 93.Provision of information about traffic regulation measures

  8. Part 7 General provision

    1. 94.General definitions

    2. 95.Disclosure of information: interaction with external constraints

    3. 96.Crown application

    4. 97.Regulations

    5. 98.Extent

    6. 99.Commencement and transitional provision

    7. 100.Short title

  9. Schedules

    1. Schedule 1

      Enforcement action under Part 1: procedure

      1. Part 1 Unilateral variation, suspension or withdrawal of authorisation

        1. 1.Ordinary procedure

        2. 2.Procedure for urgent suspension or temporary variation

        3. 3.Appeals

        4. 4.Backstop procedure for cases where authorised self-driving entity defunct

      2. Part 2 Civil sanctions

        1. 5.Notices of intent

        2. 6.Costs

        3. 7.Appeals

        4. 8.Assignment of functions to traffic commissioners

    2. Schedule 2

      Amendments related to Part 1

      1. 1.Theft Act 1968 (c. 60)

      2. 2.Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973 (c. 52)

      3. 3.Limitation Act 1980 (c. 58)

      4. 4.Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52)

      5. 5.Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 (c. 18)

    3. Schedule 3

      Amendments related to sections 53 and 54

      1. 1.Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52)

      2. 2.Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (c. 55)

      3. 3.Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (c. 32)

      4. 4.Armed Forces Act 2006 (c. 52)

    4. Schedule 4

      Amendments related to section 66(3)

      1. 1.(1) The Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 is amended as...

    5. Schedule 5

      Enforcement of marketing restrictions

      1. 1.Duty to enforce

      2. 2.Application of consumer enforcement powers

      3. 3.Out-of-court undertakings

      4. 4.Civil injunctions

      5. 5.Time limit for prosecution

    6. Schedule 6

      Civil sanctions for infringing passenger permit scheme

      1. 1.Compliance notices

      2. 2.Monetary penalties

      3. 3.Notice of intent

      4. 4.Costs

      5. 5.Cancellation and variation

      6. 6.Appeals

      7. 7.Enforcement action in respect of multiple occurrences

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