On July 6 it became mandatory to install speed limiters on all new vehicles manufactured in the European Union. The systems use intelligent speed assistance (ISA) technology to warn drivers to slow down if they exceed speed limits, using data from GPS and traffic cameras.
If motorists are unable to reduce their speed, the system can reduce engine power to slow the vehicle.
The EU hopes the ISA system will reduce motoring fatalities across Europe by up to 30 percent, with the hope of having zero road fatalities by 2050.
Further changes to the law will be introduced in July 2024, where all new cars that have already been launched must have ISA technology built in.
In a statement to Express.co.uk, a Department for Transport spokesman said the European package of measures known as the General Safety Regulations will not come into force from July in Britain.
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“The changes could help save more than 25,000 lives and prevent at least 140,000 serious injuries by 2038. We welcome anything that improves the safety of road users.
“However, speed limiter technology shouldn’t be the only thing road users rely on to maintain a safe speed.
“It is vital to continue to pay attention to your surroundings and drive according to the conditions, and not simply rely on a speed limiter to keep you and other road users safe.”
There has been some criticism of speed limiting technology, including fears that drivers may not be able to override the technology in an emergency.
In its current form, drivers can turn off the ISA technology, although it will come on as standard every time the car is started.
Jonathan White, legal and enforcement director for the National Accident Helpline, said: “The technology is designed to warn drivers when they are approaching the speed limit.
“If the driver doesn’t slow down, the speed limiter reduces engine power and vehicle speed.
“According to Brake, speeding is a contributing factor in one in three fatal road accidents, so the introduction of speed limiters should not only improve road safety, but also reduce road deaths.
“With this in mind, we hope that the introduction of speed limiters will help reduce the number of road accident victims in the coming years.
“It is important to note that if drivers of cars equipped with speed limiters are involved in a traffic accident that was not their fault, and there is evidence that they have exceeded the speed limit, they may not be successful in doing so. a claim or your compensation could be reduced.
“We encourage all drivers to pay attention to the roads, obey the speed limit and drive safely.”
The National Accident Helpline helped more than 1,000 pedestrians and 877 bicyclists file a claim last year after being injured in a traffic accident.
In many of these cases, excessive vehicle speed was a key factor.
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