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Could you be forced to have a Speed Limiter Fitted to your Car?
How many times do you find yourself on the motorway, when there’s not much traffic around, going just that few extra miles per hour faster than you should be, because you want to enjoy your car to its full potential? As we all know, speed limits are there for our own safety and the safety of other road users, so whilst it can be fun to test your car’s top speed, it can be dangerous and can also end in a rather hefty fine and points on your driving licence if you get caught speeding. But the EU are considering new safety rules that could put a stop to frivolous driving for good, and if the rules are put in to place, it will affect you and your car.
Compulsory Speed Limiters could be fitted to your Car
The EU plan to improve road safety in Europe is to rule that all new cars are built with speed limiting systems that would apply the brakes automatically if the speed limit is exceeding on the driver’s journey. Speed limits would be detected by cameras or GPS built in to the car.
Older cars, manufactured before the rule comes into place (if successful) would have to be upgraded with a compulsory speed limiter ensuring that the 70mph speed limit on the motorway couldn’t be broken by any car in the UK. The speed limiting technology that will be added to cars is known as Intelligent Speed Authority Technology.
The aim of the new rules is to cut the amount of deaths caused by road traffic accidents by a third before the year 2020.
UK Transport Secretary is Against Speed Limiters
Patrick McLoughlin, transport secretary for the UK, has made it clear to the European Commission that he does not agree with the proposed plans. He has referred to them as creating a “Big Brother” society and the much referred to controversial “nanny state” – the government restricting its citizens to being able to legally do only things that the government believes to be safe.
Mr McLoughlin states that the UK does not need Intelligent Speed Authority Technology because the UK has one of the lowest road traffic accident death rates in the whole of Europe.
Create your own safety control before the government does
So what can we as UK drivers do in order to avoid such restrictions to our cars? The answer is simple – we should take responsibility ourselves for driving safely. If you are purchasing a used car, it’s worth considering whether a larger engine size is really necessary for the type of driving that you expect to do. Most people find that a 1.3 litre engine is more than enough for short trips and city driving. Having a smaller engine size usually means that the car’s top speed is reduced. If you’ve ever tried to push a 1 litre car over 90 mph on the motorway you’ll know that it’s a shaky, unpleasant and uncontrolled enough experience for you to never want to go that fast again!
What are your thoughts on this potential new safety rule?