By Lucy Ballinger
Cars should be fitted with speed-limiters to help prevent accidents and cut carbon emissions, claim government advisers.
Ministers are planning to help councils draw up digital maps with details of the legal speed on every road.
The device then uses satellite positioning to check if a vehicle is breaking the speed limit and will automatically slow a car down and apply the brakes if necessary.
The Commission for Integrated Transport (CfIT) and the Motorists’ Forum published a report yesterday […] – called intelligent speed adaption (ISA).
It found that on 70mph roads, keeping to the speed limit could lead to savings of up to 6 per cent in CO2 emissions.
Although neither CfIT nor the Motorists’ Forum is recommending the compulsory fitting or usage of ISA they both want the Department for Transport to make the technology available and encourage drivers to use it.
British Gas has already introduced the technology for its vans – limiting them to 70mph. Jon York, fleet manager for the company said
He said: ‘it is part of a wide-ranging number of initiatives within British Gas and one of those is driver training because you have to change people’s behaviour.’
Parts of this article try to manage the argument, ignoring the real issue of a Government system tracking and controlling the speed over your private transportation. The false side of the bipolar argument is as follows:
But campaigners believe the devices are dangerous because they lull drivers into a ‘zombie mode’.
But Claire Armstrong, from the road safety charity Safe Speed, said that the devices could be dangerous.
She said truck drivers using speed-limiting devices had been shown to ‘go into fatigue mode or zombie mode’ and stopped paying attention to the road.
Mrs Armstrong added: ‘That makes it highly dangerous in those scenarios. So you’ve taken the responsibility away from the driver and that is not good for road safety.’