It is official from 2022 all cars sold in the EU will be forced to be fitted with new safety features, and because we are still within the EU these rules will impact the UK.
Meaning all cars will be fitted with speed limiters that will make it impossible for a car to go over the speed limit.
The cars will use GPS technology to figure out how fast your car is allowed to go and won’t stop you breaking speed limits.
But that’s not all the new laws will require new testing for crashes, compulsory driver assistance systems which includes automated emergency breaking that will have cyclists and pedestrians breaking.
To be honest we cannot see why this was not introduced sooner, apparently, it will save thousands of lives a year. In terms of road safety, it has to be one of the biggest developments in law since seat belts and drink driving was introduced.
A recent survey of British drivers, conducted by road safety charity Brake and insurer Direct Line, found that nearly all drivers in the UK think that cars should come with these new features as standard.
The survey – which spoke to more than 2,000 drivers – found that nine out of 10 drivers were in agreement.
More than half of respondents also said that they wouldn’t pay more for a car to get these features, however. That shows that the EU legislation will mean that car companies are forced to put them in there anyway.
Joshua Harris, the campaign director at Brake, told The Metro: “This is a landmark day for road safety. These measures will provide the biggest leap forward for road safety this century, perhaps even since the introduction of the seat belt.
“The Government must commit to adopting these lifesaving regulations, no matter what happens with Brexit, with a recent Brake and Direct Line report finding that nine in 10 UK drivers wanted car safety standards in the UK to remain at least as high as those in the EU, post-Brexit.”
The president of the Automotive Association (AA), Edmund King, told the Daily Mail that the technology might actually make cars less safe. He argued that the ‘best speed limiter is the driver’s right foot’ and that drivers must ‘do the right speed in the right situation’.
He explained: “The right speed is often below the speed limit, for example, outside a school with children around, but with ISA there may be a temptation to go at the top speed allowed which may not be appropriate.
“Sometimes a little speed also helps to keep safe on the road, for example, overtaking a tractor on a country road or joining a motorway.”