UK begins consultation on remote control parking

UK begins consultation on remote control parking

The UK government has launched a consultation to amend the rules pertaining to the use of remote control parking across Britains roads.

Changes to the Highway Code and relevant regulations will allow the use of remote control parking on British roads, which could be of advantage for drivers with mobility problems.

The proposals will also allow the widespread use of motorway assistance technology. Additionally, the changes will update the law and ensure that it is flexible for future breakthroughs in advanced drive technologies.

The developments mentioned in the consultation have the potential to revolutionise how one drives. Remote control parking has the potential to make far more places accessible for those with mobility issues.

It will also prove handy for people with small garages, or those who face problems navigating inconsiderate parking.

Improved cruise control functions in cars will make journeys on UK roads more energy-efficient, meaning cheaper, cleaner driving.

The government had earlier launched consultations on automated driving, and the recently published Industrial Strategy, which designated the future of UK mobility as one of the four ‘Grand Challenges’.

The Industrial Strategy, along with changes to the regulatory framework, is expected to help realise the government’s objective of seeing fully self-driving cars on the UK roads by 2021.

Westminster parking to become easier

Transport Minister Jesse Norman said: “The government is determined that Britain should lead the way in embracing the safe deployment of new vehicle technology.

“Features such as remote control parking and motorway assist have the potential to transform car travel, adding greater convenience and accessibility to drivers, so that they can park and drive with more confidence.”

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “Manufacturers invest billions in engineering technology to enhance driver comfort, safety and convenience, so these proposals, providing clarity and confidence to consumers, are good news.

“We welcome government’s continued commitment to keep the UK at the forefront of connected and autonomous vehicle development and rollout.”