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EU plans to fit all cars with speed limiters

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EU plans to fit all cars with speed limiters
All cars could be fitted with devices that stop them going over 70mph, under new EU road safety measures which aim to cut deaths from road accidents by a third.

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All cars could be fitted with speed limiters under new EU proposals Photo: ALAMY

By Claire Carter

8:49AM BST 01 Sep 2013

Under the proposals new cars would be fitted with cameras that could read road speed limit signs and automatically apply the brakes when this is exceeded.

Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, is said to be opposed to the plans, which could also mean existing cars are sent to garages to be fitted with the speed limiters, preventing them from going over 70mph.

The new measures have been announced by the European Commission?s Mobility and Transport Department as a measure to reduce the 30,000 people who die on the roads in Europe every year.

A Government source told the Mail on Sunday Mr McLoughlin had instructed officials to block the move because they ?violated? motorists? freedom. They said: ?This has Big Brother written all over it and is exactly the sort of thing that gets people's backs up about Brussels.

?The Commission wanted his views ahead of plans to publish the proposals this autumn. He made it very clear what those views were.?
 

The source claimed one of the reasons he was against the Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) scheme is that the UK has a better road safety record than other European countries ? with 1,754 people dying in road accidents last year compared to 3,657 in Germany.

 

The scheme would work either using satellites, which would communicate limits to cars automatically, or using cameras to read road signs. Drivers can be given a warning of the speed limit, or their speed could be controlled automatically under the new measures.

 

A spokesman for the European Commission said: ?There is a currently consultation focusing on speed-limiting technology already fitted to HGVs and buses.

 

?Taking account of the results, the Commission will publish in the autumn a document by its technical experts which will no doubt refer to ISA among many other things.?

 

Source: The Telegraph

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Will never happen in the UK

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Why dont they just take our brains out then...

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Volkswagen, Audi and Mercedes CEOs are going to call Angela Merkel and the german government answer will be a big resounding 'Nein'

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People have been spouting this crap since the 80s

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Update from the official EU blog (link below): Reports of ?Brussels Big Brother Bid? to impose speed controls are inaccurate beyond the limit

 

http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/ECintheUK/reports-of-brussels-big-brother-bid-to-impose-speed-controls-are-inaccurate-beyond-the-limit-2/

 


Reports in the press over the last day or two have suggested that the EU intends to bring forward ?formal proposals this autumn? to introduce automatic speed controls -known as ?Intelligent Speed Adaptation? or ISA, into cars. This is quite simply not true and the Commission had made this very clear to the journalists concerned prior to publication.

 

The Mail on Sunday for example (the only one of these articles online with no paywall), uses a quote from a Commission spokesman but chooses to leave out the first and most important sentence given to the paper?s reporter, which was this:

 

?The Commission has not tabled ? and does not have in the pipeline ? even a non-binding Recommendation, let alone anything more.?

 

The Daily Mail on Monday 2 September had the integrity to include this quote, but only at the end of an article confirming the incorrect slant that the Commission was proposing introducing the system.

 

My last time in the UK was 2000 so my memory is hazy but, isn't the Telegraph one of the most vocal anti-EU tabloid there?

 

Sensasionalist article to increase sales in the end ...

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The irony of all of this would have been then fact that british motorways are among the safest roads in Britain, it's local back roads, or rabbit runs that have the higher accident/fatality rates

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