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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 16 March 2017

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Amendments tabled since the last publication: 22-28, NC11-NC15

 

Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments remaining before the Committee and

 

includes any withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been

 

arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [14 March 2017].

 


 

Andy McDonald

 

Richard Burden

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

17

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

The Secretary of State must consult on and publish the criteria that they will use

 

to determine whether, in their opinion, a motor vehicle is designed or adapted to

 

be capable, in at least some circumstances or situations, of safely driving

 

themselves without having to be monitored by an individual.

 

(1B)    

The Secretary of State may not change the criteria until further consultation has

 

taken place with vehicle manufacturers, insurers and other such persons as the

 

Secretary of State considers appropriate.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the Government to consult on and publish criteria for the definition of

 

“automated vehicles” that will be used by the Secretary of State.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 16 March 2017                  

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Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill, continued

 
 

Andy McDonald

 

Richard Burden

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

18

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  18,  leave out “owner of the vehicle” and insert “person in

 

charge of the vehicle at the time of the accident”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that the person who was in charge of the vehicle at the time of the

 

accident is liable, rather than the owner of the vehicle who may not necessarily have been in the

 

vehicle at the time. However “person in charge of the vehicle at the time of the accident” can also

 

include the owner of the vehicle if they were in charge of it at the time.

 


 

Andy McDonald

 

Richard Burden

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

19

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(3)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations define when it is and is not appropriate

 

for a person in charge of the vehicle to allow the vehicle to drive itself.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the Government to provide regulatory guidance for when it is and is not

 

appropriate for a person to allow an automated vehicle to drive itself.

 


 

Mr Steve Baker

 

1

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  12,  leave out “operating system” and insert “software”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment replaces “operating system” which is too narrow a term. A vehicle may have

 

firmware which is software in non-volatile memory, an operating system which is software in

 

volatile memory, and application software.

 

Andy McDonald

 

Richard Burden

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

20

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  15,  leave out “vehicle’s operating system” and insert

 

“application software related to the vehicle’s automated function”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes clear that insurance liability is limited or excluded where damage is

 

suffered following an accident as a result of failure to update the application software related to

 

the vehicle’s automated function, rather than the whole operating system.

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

2

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  15,  leave out “’s operating system”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 1.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 16 March 2017                  

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Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill, continued

 
 

Andy McDonald

 

Richard Burden

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

21

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  17,  at end insert “, provided that the vehicle manufacturer has

 

made all reasonable efforts to—

 

(i)    

notify the owner of a vehicle about the need for an update of the

 

vehicle’s operating system,

 

(ii)    

provide the relevant update of the vehicle’s operating system to

 

the owner or insured person, and

 

(iii)    

arrange for the installation and update of the vehicle’s operating

 

system.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that manufacturers have made all reasonable efforts to provide an update

 

to the vehicle’s system for the owner before placing liability on the owner for not updating the

 

software.

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

3

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  20,  leave out “operating system” and insert “software”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 1.

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

4

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  23,  after “install software updates” add “to the vehicle”

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

5

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  29,  leave out “operating system” and insert “software”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 1.

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

6

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  32,  leave out “’s operating system”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 1.

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

7

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  39,  leave out “operating system” and insert “software

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement for amendment 1.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 16 March 2017                  

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Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Steve Baker

 

8

 

Clause  7,  page  5,  line  31,  at end insert ““software” in relation to an insured vehicle,

 

means those components of the vehicle’s computer system that are intangible rather than

 

physical, however stored.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would add a definition of software.

 


 

Mr Steve Baker

 

9

 

Clause  8,  page  6,  line  5,  leave out “electrical”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would allow the Bill to cover hydrogen fuel used to power internal combustion

 

engines.

 


 

Richard Burden

 

Andy McDonald

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

12

 

Clause  9,  page  6,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

“(4)    

The Secretary of State must consult charge point operators and vehicle

 

manufacturers on the prescribed requirements for connecting components (before

 

regulations under subsection 9(1b) are made).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires consultation with charge point operators and vehicle manufacturers on

 

the requirements for connecting components for the charging of electric vehicles.

 


 

Richard Burden

 

Andy McDonald

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

11

 

Clause  10,  page  7,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

Regulations under subsection (1) must provide exemptions for retailers and

 

operators in instances where adhering to such regulations would—

 

(a)    

require an expansion of land, or

 

(b)    

result in any other disproportionate costs for retailers and operators.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that there are exemptions for operators with limited forecourt space who

 

are unable to accommodate public charging points without an expansion of land and that retailers

 

and operators do not incur disproportionate costs for complying with regulations.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 16 March 2017                  

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Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill, continued

 
 

Richard Burden

 

Andy McDonald

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

13

 

Clause  10,  page  7,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

“(4)    

The Secretary of State must publish, in draft, the criteria and definition of “large

 

fuel retailers” and “service area operators” at least six months before regulations

 

under subsection 10(3) are made.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to consult on and publish criteria to be used

 

for the definitions of “large fuel retailers” and “service area operators”. This will make clear to

 

the industry which kinds of companies are covered by these regulations.

 


 

Richard Burden

 

Andy McDonald

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

14

 

Clause  12,  page  7,  line  38,  after “security” insert “and provide safeguards against

 

hacking”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment clarifies that smart charge points must have measures in place to safeguard

 

against the risk of being hacked.

 


 

Richard Burden

 

Andy McDonald

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

15

 

Clause  15,  page  9,  line  1,  leave out from “consult” to end and insert—

 

“(a)    

the National Grid,

 

(b)    

large fuel retailers and service area operators as defined under section 10,

 

and

 

(c)    

any other such persons as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to consult specifically with the National

 

Grid, large fuel retailers and service area operators before introducing regulations.

 

Richard Burden

 

Andy McDonald

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

16

 

Clause  15,  page  9,  leave out line 14

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes the first regulations made under section 12 subject to an affirmative

 

resolution.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 16 March 2017                  

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Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill, continued

 
 

Richard Burden

 

Andy McDonald

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

22

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  18,  page  13,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

“(4)    

The Government must publish a review within one year of this Act receiving

 

Royal Assent the impact on UK consumers using EU-based companies affected

 

by changes to consumer protection introduced by this section.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the Government to regularly review the impact of the new regulation to

 

ensure that it is working and not adversely affecting UK consumers using EU-based companies.

 


 

Richard Burden

 

Andy McDonald

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

23

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  19,  page  14,  line  5,  after “unless” insert “a full impact assessment and

 

consultation is published and a”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the Government to undertake a full impact assessment and consultation

 

before bringing forward regulations to create any new air travel trusts through an affirmative

 

resolution.

 


 

Andy McDonald

 

Richard Burden

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

24

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  21,  page  16,  line  5,  at end insert—

 

“(c)    

must be accompanied by an assessment of how the designation would

 

affect existing DVSA testing facilities and staff.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the Government to review and report how any new designated premises

 

may adversely impact existing DVSA testing facilities and staff.

 


 

Andy McDonald

 

Richard Burden

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

25

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  22,  page  16,  line  39,  leave out from “and” to end of the subsection and

 

insert “or

 

(b)    

he or she shines or directs a laser beam at a fixed installation involved in

 

traffic control.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure the act of shining a laser itself is the offence without the need for


 
 

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Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill, continued

 
 

explicitly proving persons with control of a vehicle were dazzled. The replacement lines also

 

ensure that it is an offence for persons shining a laser at traffic control towers.

 

Mr Steve Baker

 

10

 

Clause  22,  page  17,  line  9,  leave out “five” and insert “ten”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would increase the maximum term of imprisonment from five years to 10 years

 

for conviction on indictment for the offence of shining or directing a laser at a vehicle.

 

Andy McDonald

 

Richard Burden

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

26

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  22,  page  17,  line  17,  after “take-off,” insert “including during taxiing”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment clarifies that shining a laser at a plane while it is being taxied around an airport

 

is covered under the offence.

 

Andy McDonald

 

Richard Burden

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

27

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  22,  page  17,  leave out lines 19 to 23.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Consequential amendment following amendment 25 to Clause 22.

 


 

Richard Burden

 

Andy McDonald

 

Vicky Foxcroft

 

28

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  23,  page  18,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

“(6A)    

The Secretary of State must collect and publish quarterly statistics relating to

 

fixed penalty notices and diversionary courses, including—

 

(a)    

the number of persons issued with a fixed penalty notice after attending

 

a diversionary course,

 

(b)    

a breakdown of the number of persons under subsection 6A(a) by police

 

and crime commissioner geographical area.

 

(6B)    

The Secretary of State must publish a review into the diversionary courses in

 

place of the issuance of fixed penalty notices, which includes—

 

(a)    

effectiveness in improving driver education,

 

(b)    

impact on road safety and incidents.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the Government to collect and publish statistics about reoffending rates

 

for persons issued with fixed penalty notices after a diversionary course and to review the impact

 

and effectiveness of diversionary courses in place of fixed penalty notices.

 



 
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