The camera idea wouldn't work, far too many speed signs round here get spun around because there's nothing better for bored teenagers to do in Lincolnshire.
I think tailgating is a far more dangerous and pressing issue than speed. On a straight road in clear conditions, everyone could drive at 110mph safely if they left the recommended braking distance. The same road and same conditions could be a multiple pile-up & fatality if everyone was driving up bumpers at 40mph.
But as the EU have pointed out, they are just brainstorming ideas for discussion and have absolutely no intention of enforcing this at the moment. It's just an investigation. But where's the headline in that
The fact that the driving test is so poorly related to actual driving, and that no-one ever has to retest to confirm their roadworthiness, also don't help. Mandatory advanced testing within two years! Retests every decade! /bangs drum
I don't see it as being a problem. Many trucks have speed limiters and they managed to get from A to B just fine.
Trucks can't ever use a little boost of extra speed to get out of a sticky situation. They don't need to, they're big.
Actually, the Commission has been attempting something of this nature for nearly eight years. The speed control system wouldn't use onboard cameras or anything as simplistic. Every car will be fitted with a GPS tracker which is tied to the EU's Galileo satellite system. That will report, very accurately, the car's location and allow speed limiting to be managed. It also allows the EU to roll out its planned road pricing scheme.HOWEVER, it's also worth reading this:
European Commission in the UK – Euromyths and Letters to the Editor » Blog Archive » Reports of “Brussels Big Brother Bid” to impose speed controls are inaccurate beyond the limit
“The Commission has not tabled – and does not have in the pipeline – even a non-binding Recommendation, let alone anything more.”'
For those not in the know, road safety is an EU competence. That means that the EU makes the laws and applies them to member states. So even if we wanted to block this, we can't. It would be like trying to block laws on agriculture or fisheries.
Millions of modified and classic cars could be banned from the roads as meddling European Union try to shake-up MOT rules
Millions of modified and classic cars could be banned from the roads as meddling European Union try to shake-up MOT rules | Mail Online
And the truth:
Tabloid Watch: 'None of the newspapers checked the facts with us before publication'
I suspect it's only a matter of time until all cars are fitted with onboard 4G and GPS units which will automatically limit speed based on location. They'll bring it in under the auspice of 'road pricing' initially for electric powered vehicles once the government start losing revenue due to motorists switching from fossil based fuels to electric!
One thing you can be sure of is that motoring will never get cheaper as the gov know fine motorists are cash cows there to be milked for every penny....
I dont see electric cars ever being viable unless battery technology advances a lot 100 miles range is ok MOST of the time but last sunday i would of needed to stop approximately 5 times to get to and from my destination and probably 3 to 4 times on friday. Now granted i dont do those long journeys every day but i wouldnt want to have to own a 2nd car or rent one just because i needed to do a 120 mile trip
We have the least deaths on the road in the world
I would hate this and contest profusely.
and id lay odds a large percentage of serious/fatal accidents occur in residential areas at 30mph ish where someone just walks out without looking no tech in the world can protect people from themselves
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