The EU has announced that speed limiters could be fitted on all cars. This action would involve brand-new cars and all existing vehicles already on the road. This means no car in the UK will be able to drive over the speed limit. These proposals are being instigated by the EC's Mobility and Transportation department. This is often known as the ISA or Intelligent Speed Adaption. Their intention is to cut road fatalities dramatically by 2020.
Speed limiters already exist in countless cars, but they are often an optional accessory before buying a brand-new car. At present, speed limiters are not compulsory; however, should they become law for every car the question arises who will pay for the bill?
The impact of the speed limiters technology
Speed limiters are designed to function through electronic sensors, the modern engine computer and special cameras or satellites. The cameras or satellites can read road signs and talk to the sensors relaying the correct speed limit. These sensors detect how fast a car is moving. This information is subsequently transferred to the engine computer. When the engine detects the predetermined speed limit, it will restrict air flow in the engine if a driver is speeding. This reduces air flow and slows the car down to the correct speed limit.
Once a car has speed limiters fitted, drivers will be forced not to drive above the speed limit. Speeding causes over 30,000 deaths annually on the EU roads. Additionally, EU casualties are estimated to be over 1.5 million. By having speed limiters fitted the EC believe they could save more than 6,000 lives; prevent serious casualties and disabilities every year.
If you are against speed limiters, then there is good news. The UK government is currently resisting speed limiters. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin intends to fight these Big Brother EC proposals. His argument is that the UK has the safest roads in the whole of Europe, and the death records are at their lowest.
Statistics prove that there has already been a massive reduction of deaths on our UK roads. Road deaths during 2012 were 1,754, which is the lowest recorded since 1926.
Mr. Patrick McLoughlin has instructed executives to prevent the go ahead of speed limiters being fitted. He states ‘It is clear that this move will prevent freedom and will violate all motorists’.
There are many motorists in favour of the speed limiters. Indications suggest that the device is more accepting towards young drivers. The benefits of having the limiter fitted could also reduce insurance premiums. The negative factor behind the limiter is that in an emergency, the driver would not be able to accelerate. Additionally, should a driver want to overtake, then it would prove nigh on impossible; this issue alone could in fact prove fatal.
When the public were asked how or where speed limiters could be better utilized, the majority suggested that urban areas could benefit more than motorways.
What are your views on speed limiters?