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EU wants to limit car speeds and install speed limit devices

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 29, 2019
All new cars could be fitted with special devices from 2022 to automatically make them keep to the speed limit after new EU rules were provisionally agreed.
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Europe   It is claimed the measures could help save more than 25,000 lives
Intelligent speed assistance (ISA) is one of a raft of safety measures set to become mandatory in European vehicles after the plans were given approval by the European Commission.

It is claimed the measures could help save more than 25,000 lives and avoid at least 140,000 serious injuries by 2038.

The approved mandatory safety features for cars, vans, trucks and buses also include a warning of driver drowsiness and distraction, such as when using a smartphone while driving, and a data recorder in case of an accident.

Devices for lane-keeping assistance, advanced emergency braking and crash-test improved safety belts are suggested for cars and vans, while the legislation also addresses drink-driving, making it easier to retrofit an alcohol interlock device used in a number of EU member states to tackle repeat drink-driving.

EU Commissioner Elzbieta Biénkowska said the “vast majority” of fatal road accidents were caused by human error.

The political agreement on the new safety measures has yet to be formally approved by the European Parliament and Council.

This process could take several more months due to European Parliamentary elections in May, according to the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).