Automated Vehicle Act Receives Royal Assent

The Automated Vehicle Act has received Royal Assent. Logistics UK’s Head of Engineering Policy, Phil Lloyd says the approval of the Act brings the future one step closer to reality, but there is still more to be done if science fiction is to become fact.

“Logistics UK and its members want to work closely with government to build a regulatory framework and funding model for trials that enables our sector to act as a test-bed for vehicle development.

“At the same time, if these vehicles are to deliver the benefits for the economy that are anticipated, it is vital that transport infrastructure, investment and technologies make similarly swift progress, to ensure our sector can take full advantage of the opportunities that automation could deliver for the UK’s supply chain.”

Infrastructure Progress

Meanwhile, responding to the National Infrastructure Commission’s report ‘Infrastructure Progress Review 2024’ Jonathan Walker, Head of Infrastructure Policy at business group Logistics UK, says:

“A robust and efficient infrastructure is key to protecting the UK’s highly complex supply chain. Logistics UK has long been campaigning for a long-term coherent infrastructure strategy, backed by reforms to planning and alignment between national, regional and local plans.

“Our members support the National Infrastructure Commission’s call for the government to provide policy stability, make faster decisions around infrastructure projects and remove the barriers that slow down and increase the cost of infrastructure delivery. It is also vital that the government follows the NIC’s recommendation to support the logistics industry’s transition to zero emission vehicles.

“As a key driver of all economic activity, the logistics sector is getting ever more connected, both within businesses and between different logistics hubs and transport options. To keep up, the UK’s  infrastructure must also become more integrated and versatile, which is why the government must move forward on its commitment to work with the freight sector to develop a National Freight Network.”