New insurance rules for self-driving cars and measures to improve provision of electric vehicle charge points form part of the new Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill.
It is hoped these measures will help the UK to become a world leader in these technologies by breaking down some of the barriers.
The Bill will mean easier access to infrastructure for electric vehicles. They could also ensure the right infrastructure is in place for the growing market for electric vehicles.
Motorway services and large fuel retailers could be made to provide electric charge points and hydrogen refuelling stations under planned new laws.
The measures could also make sure data about the location and availability of charging stations is openly available, and make it easier to use the different networks which are available. They follow a public consultation on measures to improve charging infrastructure.
John Hayes, Minister of State for Transport said:
If we are to accelerate the use of electric vehicles we must take action now and be ready to take more action later. I recognise that to encourage more drivers to go electric, the infrastructure needs to become even more widespread than the 11,000 charging points already in place and more straightforward.
We are determined to do all we can to make electric vehicles work for everyone and these new laws will help make this a reality.
Measures around insurance for self-driving cars will ensure better protection – a single insurance product for automated vehicles will now be able to cover both the motorist when they are driving, as well as the car when it is in automated mode.
This will mean innocent victims involved in a collision with an automated vehicle will have quick and easy access to compensation.
Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, said:
“Automated vehicles have the potential to transform our roads in the future and make them even safer and easier to use, as well as promising new mobility for those who cannot drive.
But we must ensure the public is protected in the event of an incident and today we are introducing the framework to allow insurance for these new technologies.”