To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the digital skills education required to ensure that drivers using Automated Lane Keeping System (ALKS) digital technology understand (a) the limitations of that technology and (b) their responsibilities when using ALKS vehicles.
14 December 2020
To date, I have not had discussions with the Secretary of State for Transport on the Automated Lane Keeping System. Work on the Automated Lane Keeping system, including the development of an approach to ensure its safe use in the UK, is being led by the Department for Transport. The Government published a Call for Evidence in August which covered both access to data and driver education. As set out in the Call for Evidence, access to data will be subject to the requirements of national law - including data protection legislation. Officials in the Department for Transport are currently analysing the responses and plan a public consultation by the Spring.
The Department for Transport will work with DVSA and industry to ensure that drivers are appropriately educated on the abilities and limitations of vehicles equipped with Automated Lane Keeping System, as well as their remaining responsibility.