13 August 2021

Yearning for the "freedom" of the open road? Mandatory speed limiters on new UK cars (bikes too eventually) from 2022...

All new vehicles sold in Europe – including the UK – will be fitted with a mandatory speed limiter from 2022 to keep cars within the UK speed limits and boost road safety.

• From 6 July 2022, all newly launched cars will legally have to be fitted with a speed limiter

• European Commission reached a provisional agreement in 2019

• The UK is likely to adopt the new speed limiting rules, even after Brexit

The European Commission has reached a provisional agreement that all new vehicles sold in Europe will be fitted with a speed limiter as a legal requirement from 6 July 2022. The 2019/2044 regulation also mandates all new cars that have already launched be fitted with an Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) by 7 July 2024.

While it hasn’t been decided, the UK will likely obey the new road safety regulations despite leaving the EU as even after Brexit, the UK has retained most EU laws for new cars. Following this agreement also helps in standardising the car manufacturing process for different markets.

Using speed limiters successfully would also be a step forward in developing self-driving cars in the UK.

The speed limiter technology, called Intelligent Speed Assistant (ISA) uses GPS data and/or traffic-sign-recognition cameras to determine the maximum speed allowed in an area. The system then limits the engine’s power and the vehicle’s speed to that limit.

Have a watch of this excellent video by Stuart Fillingham - and get a terrifying glimpse of what is round the corner: speed limiters & data loggers... I don't want the chief witness for the prosecution to be my own vehicle! Like Uncle Stu said: George Orwell was right, he only got the year wrong: not 1984, more like 2024! I confidently predict that sales of new vehicles will plummet, and demand/price of quality used cars & bikes will increase. Oh look: it's already happened


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