AEV Bill’s second reading in Lords
The government’s Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (AEV Bill) had its second reading in the House of Lords yesterday.
The bill aims to improve the network of charging points available for electric vehicles and clarify damages liability following accidents caused by driverless vehicles.
Speaking in support of the bill, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport Baroness Sugg stated that the government’s commitment to zero-emission vehicles “is technology neutral and should be industry led”, and added that the bill “provides powers to require charge points in the future to be ‘smart’”.
However, Labour’s Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe suggested that the bill’s shortcomings include that it gives the Secretary of State neither the power to “require electric charging points to be installed at workplace car parks or residential developments” nor “require a minimum standard of reliability”.
The AEV Bill will continue its progress through the House of Lords with its committee stage at a date to be announced.