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.

6 thoughts on “Mandatory speed limiters to be introduced in July”

  1. The National speed limit is not 70mph. It is 60 mph on A roads and 70 mph on motorways and dual carriageways unless specified otherwise. How will this affect heavier vehicles where the speed restrictions are lower on certain road types?
    The limiters seem a complete waste of time if they can be de~activated each time you start the engine.

  2. Anthony Loft

    I have a speed limiter fitted to my Peugeot, its like a stopped clock; Only right twice a day.
    I can either do 90mph in a built up area or 20mph on a motorway. rubbish bit of tech.
    it would be great, if it worked!

  3. Disgraceful this is not the way to improve driver safety. Speed limits do not make safer drivers they just reduce the speed of impact. Since a large proportion of accidents occur when the driver is to fast for the situation but under the actual speed limit. They must have believed that driving up to the speed limit or at the speed limit was safe.
    Training longer for a better standard of driving and understanding of the problems and how to solve them. The only way to go. Make training a legal requirement and include CPD as with all other qualifications.

  4. G J Caldicott

    Yet another piece of legislation built around technology, ‘because it’s possible’!
    I would add more words than this, but honestly, it is pointless!
    Utterly depressing!

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