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Stuff EU law, we’re not in! Britons erupt at ‘stupid and dangerous’ speeding rule for cars

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Under the scheme, all vehicles sold in Europe from next July will need to be fitted with an intelligent speed assistance (ISA) tool. It will use GPS data and traffic cameras to determine if a driver is speeding and can limit their car’s power if so.

While the UK is not obliged to follow the EU, it is likely to adopt the rules because it helps standardise manufacturing practices.

But news of the nanny-state actions provoked fury from many Brexiteers.

One wrote: “The truth is, these limiters could cause more accidents as vehicles flat line during overtaking trucks or tractors.”

A second raged: “The UK has arguably the safest roads in the world given the density of population and we do not want or need draconian and intrusive ISA tech in our cars…..

“Enough is enough stop this madness, leave the drivers alone!!”

Meanwhile a third simply said: “Stuff the EU law.

“We’re not in the EU.”

And a fourth posted: “This, like all EU rules, is both stupid and dangerous.

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“There you are, in need of overtaking a truck, so in the wrong lane, and some driver who did not look properly pops out from a side road.

“You can’t get back in, but a speed boost to say 80 on a 60 road will save your bacon….but Bang.”

The limiter will work by restricting a speeding vehicle’s engine power so it cannot exceed the limit.

However, drivers will be able to override it by pressing down hard on the accelerator.

The tool will then restrict the fuel flow to the engine and issue audio and visual warnings until the car has slowed down.

Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck said firms should be taking a “zero tolerance” approach to drivers who break limits.

And he claimed that the new technology should still be seen as a “genuine benefit” for drivers for several reasons.

He said road users are likely to see fewer accidents and less speeding tickets due to the safety provided by the system.

Speaking to FleetNews, he said: “Our view is that the introduction of ISA technology is a moment that employers should be seizing as an opportunity to make clear that there is no corporate leeway when it comes to speeding and the dangers it represents.”

He added: “Our view is that this should be presented to drivers as a genuine benefit.

“Firstly, these are safer vehicles – reduced speed means fewer accidents and fewer serious accidents.

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