Expert Body Says Drink Driving in Autonomous Vehicles Should be Legal


The National Transport Commission, an independent advisory board has released a discussion paper in which it suggests that people under the influence of alcohol or drugs should be allowed to use automated cars without falling foul of the law.

They advisory body said currently laws prohibit the use of driverless cars when intoxicated but this could be a barrier to the uptake of automated vehicles.

The body also says that allowing people to use automated vehicles after drinking would improve road safety.

People that choose to take over the driving in an automated vehicle however would be held liable under drink driving laws, the NTC said.

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