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Remote control parking gets green light under new UK laws

Drivers will be able to use remote control parking and other technologies on British roads from next month under newly introduced laws.

Remote control parking technology on Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The changes open up the use of remote control parking technology in the UK.

The move follows a consultation earlier this year on changes to the Highway Code and relevant regulations that were required to ensure that developments like remote control parking and motorway assist can be used legally. This could bring significant benefits to drivers, including those with mobility challenges, unlocking tight parking spaces and using computers to help driver accuracy on the road.

The changes are part of a package of work to ensure UK road laws are fit to support automated driving technology as they develop and provide clarity on new use cases.

The government also recently tasked the Law Commission with a detailed review of driving laws, along with planned updates to the code of practice to ensure that as technology develops the UK remains one of the best places in the world to develop, test and drive self-driving vehicles.

Jesse Norman, Transport Minister, said: “Advanced driver assistance systems are already starting to revolutionise driving.

“We will continue to review our driving laws, in order to ensure drivers can enjoy the potential of these new tools safely.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.