Source: Driver Trainer

Mandatory speed limiters to be introduced in July

Close-up of the odometer and dashboard of a luxury car with a black interior after detailing and washing at car service

A four-week warning has been issued to drivers in the UK as laws pertaining to driving are expected to “tighten.” Beginning in July, a change in driving laws may result in cars manufactured in the European Union having speed limiters installed, which would reduce the amount of collisions and speeding fines.

As of July of this year, every car in a showroom has to have Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) technology installed.

“The new rules, set to take effect in July, introduce ‘mandatory’ speed limiters, changing how we drive on roads,” a spokesperson for Motor Match said.

They added: “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 70mph as this is the national speed limit.

“It’s important to note that while speed limiters are already present in many cars, the upcoming regulations tighten control. Showing support for the introduction of mandatory speed limiters is key in supporting safer roads.

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

“Speed limits are set for a reason, and it’s illegal to ignore them.” Cars that have already been manufactured and are yet to be sold will also have to adhere to the rules.

To be compatible, vehicles that are presently on showroom floors must be retrofitted. Beginning on July 7, drivers will be able to deactivate the limiters; however, they must be deleted each time they get back in the car because they will quickly reactivate.

Since the law specifies that it covers all cars sold in Europe, not just those in EU members, the UK is still covered.