Q981: Is it legal to use remote control parking (RCP) systems to park my car in the UK?
From 11th June 2018, the law will change to allow drivers to use remote control parking (RCP) systems triggered either by a mobile phone or other device to park their vehicle without committing an offence in relation to existing legislation that controls the use of mobile phones whilst driving. However, this will only be allowed where:
- the person is using the mobile telephone or other device only to perform a remote controlled parking function of the motor vehicle; and
- the mobile telephone or other device only enables the motor vehicle to move where the following conditions are satisfied -
(i) there is continuous activation of the remote control application of the telephone or device by the driver;
(ii) the signal between the motor vehicle and the telephone or the motor vehicle and the device, as appropriate, is maintained; and
(iii) the distance between the motor vehicle and the telephone or the motor vehicle and the device, as appropriate, is not more than 6 metres.
Additionally, the Highway Code will also be updated to reflect the changes.