Speed limiters get thumbs down | Motoring Issues - Car News Sep 2020

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12:28 Monday 21 Sep 2020

Almost two-thirds of UK motorists are against European Commission plans to introduce speed limiters on all new cars.

The legislation is due to come into force from 2022, and will see all new cars sold in the EU fitted with a system called ‘Intelligent Speed Assistance’ that will signal an alert when the road’s speed limit has been reached.  The European Transport Safety Council estimates the move will help cut road traffic collisions by up to 30%.

However, UK motorists have voted overwhelmingly against the move in a poll conducted by independent retailer Motorpoint.  Of 1,524 respondents, 61% said that they were against the mandatory fitting of speed limiting technology.

Mark Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer of Motorpoint, said: “While we welcome such new technology as part of the continuing drive to make our roads safer, we still need to guard against an over reliance on gadgets such as speed limiters when travelling in our cars and need to continue to keep our eyes on the road and hands on the wheel at all times.”


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