AV consultation paper on passenger services and public transport

The law commissions of England and Wales and of Scotland have launched a consultation paper on passenger services and public transport as part of a three-year review of the UK’s regulatory framework for automated vehicles. Polis and Polis members Transport for Greater Manchester, Transport for London and Sustrans were consulted during the preparation of this document.

The paper looks at the regulation of self-driving vehicles which could travel empty or only with passengers, without a human driver or user-in-charge. It focuses on self-driving vehicles providing mobility services to the public, which it refers to as Highly Automated Road Passenger Services, HARPS.

A few highlights include:

  • consideration of a single regulation for all types of transportation services (excluding large bus-type vehicles), such as taxis, private hire vehicles and public service vehicles
  • regulatory tools to control congestion and cruising
  • accessibility

Responses to the paper are sought by 16 January 2020. You can respond to the consultation here.


The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) has asked the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission to undertake a far-reaching review of the legal framework for automated vehicles, and their use as part of public transport networks and on-demand passenger services.