Elderly motorists slam EU speed limiters with new driving law set to launch in months

EU: Speed limiters to be implemented from 2022

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New speed limiters are set to be introduced in the UK in July, as the European Union directive seeks to make roads safer for drivers and reduce car accidents. Recent data has found that on the whole, drivers are accepting of the new Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) technology, although elderly motorists disagree with them because it is a law from the EU.

The European Commission provisionally mandated that all new vehicles sold in Europe will be fitted with a speed limiter from July 2022.

Despite leaving the EU after Brexit, the UK looks likely to follow suit, having retained most EU laws relating to new vehicles for the ease of manufacturing.

Lorna Connelly, Head of Claims at Admiral, commented on the introduction of the speed limiters and how drivers have reacted to the news. 

She said: “It’s encouraging to see that almost half of people are welcoming the new ISA technology because they want to see speeding addressed to improve road safety.

“Meanwhile, one in five are against speed limiters, with more than half (57 percent) of those saying they don’t think the new ISA technology should be introduced because the UK has left the EU. 

“While 38 percent of those who disagree with the new rules say drivers should be able to choose how fast they drive.

“But it’s important to point out that drivers can override the settings if needed.

“If you’re caught speeding and receive a motoring conviction, not only do you face a fine, but you could see higher insurance premiums.”

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The speed limiters will work using either a video or GPS system to detect speed signs and alert drivers if they are going too fast.

It has not yet been decided how the technology will alert the driver with concerns over a number of recommendations.

Experts have been critical of the use of visual alerts such as a flashing light on the dashboard, with fears that it could distract the driver, or that it could be completely ignored.

Audible alerts have also been slapped down, with manufacturers saying motorists could easily disregard the noise until it eventually turns off.

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