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Automated Vehicles Bill completes journey through Parliament

9 May 2024

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The Automated Vehicles Bill returned to the House of Lords for consideration of Commons amendments in ‘ping pong’, on Wednesday 8 May.

The Automated Vehicles Bill will implement the recommendations of the four-year review carried out by the Law Commissions of England & Wales and Scotland to set the legal framework for the safe deployment of self-driving vehicles across Great Britain.

Consideration of amendments

The bill was considered by the House of Lords between 8 November 2023 and 19 February 2024 before passing to the House of Commons. 

On Wednesday 8 May, members of the Lords considered changes (PDF) made to the bill by MPs in the Commons in a process known as parliamentary 'ping pong'.

Subjects under consideration included:

  • powers of Welsh ministers and traffic regulations in Wales
  • money received by a traffic commissioner.

Catch up

Explore further information

Find out more in the House of Lords Library Automated Vehicles Bill briefing.

Next steps

As both Houses have agreed on the text of the bill, it now awaits the final stage of Royal Assent where it will become an Act of Parliament (law).

What's happened so far?

Third reading

A chance for members to ‘tidy up' the bill, making small changes to ensure it is effective, took place during third reading on Monday 1 May.

Report stage

Further detailed examination of the bill took place during report stage on Tuesday 6 February.

Committee stage

Line-by-line examination of the bill took place during committee stage on Wednesday 10 January and Monday 15 January.

Second reading

Second reading, a full debate on the key principles of the bill, took place on Tuesday 28 November.

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