Drivers warned of ‘mandatory’ speed limiters installed in new cars after EU law


A shift in EU driving laws will see the implementation of “mandatory” speed limiters from July. 

This shift in EU law has the potential to impact UK drivers due to the heavily integrated nature of the UK and European automotive sectors.

An expert from Motor Match said: “The new rules, set to take effect in July, introduce ‘mandatory’ speed limiters, changing how we drive on roads.

“These Intelligent Speed Assistance systems will become standard, forcing drivers to stick to speed limits automatically.

“For instance, ISA technology would limit you to a maximum of 70 mph as this is the national speed limit.”

Speed limiters are already present in some cars but the new laws would tighten control. 

The expert said: “The new Intelligent Speed Assistance systems not only prevent speeding fines and contribute to fuel savings but also significantly reduce the risk of penalties.”

The minimum penalty for speeding currently includes a £100 fine and three penalty points on your licence. 

With ISA technology, the likelihood of accumulating penalty points, and the risk of being disqualified from driving for gathering 12 or more points within three years, is greatly reduced. 

“This technology could lead to a drastic change in road safety, fostering a more controlled driving environment where speed limits are adhered to, thus reducing accidents significantly,” the expert said. 

Last year, police records showed that exceeding the speed limit was a contributory factor in 20 percent of deaths on the road and travelling too fast or exceeding the speed limit contributed to 25 percent of deaths. 

The expert said: “Speed limits are set for a reason, and it’s illegal to ignore them. Despite this, 5,171 accidents in 2022 were caused by drivers and riders exceeding the speed limit — a 5.1 percent increase year on year.”

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