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S5W-07496: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 23 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government when it last discussed undertaking trials of connected and autonomous vehicles with (a) Scottish Enterprise, (b) the UK Government and (c) other bodies, and whether it will publish any (i) correspondence and (ii) minutes of meetings regarding this.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 2 March 2017

The Scottish Government recognises that the legislative and regulatory frameworks on autonomous vehicles are largely reserved to the UK Government but supports and encourages research, testing and development of autonomous vehicles in Scotland, subject to ensuring the safety of road users.

To that end, Transport Scotland liaise on a regular basis with Scottish Enterprise, the Department for Transport and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in this area. In addition, Transport Scotland is also liaising with other roads authorities across Europe on the introduction of driverless vehicles, in order to ensure that road authorities and operators are in a position to make informed decisions on facilitating automated driving as and when the technology develops.