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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-05502: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 13 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out or plans on the effect would of driverless cars being allowed on roads.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 22 December 2016

The Scottish Government supports and encourages research, testing and development of autonomous vehicles in Scotland, subject to ensuring the safety of road users.

Most of the relevant legislation is reserved to the UK Government and Transport Scotland is working closely with the Department for Transport and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in this area.

Transport Scotland is also liaising with other roads authorities across Europe on the introduction of driverless vehicles, in order to ensure that road authorities and operators are in a position to make informed decisions on facilitating automated driving as and when the technology develops.