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EU speed limiters may not reduce crashes in the UK as motorists will 'drive dangerously'

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Mr Freeman said he does not agree that the new EU speed limiter tools will “reduce collisions” when are introduced in July 2022. He warns most drivers will “lack concentration” and therefore could “drive more dangerously”.

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said speed limiters that restrict engine power had the potential to boost safety.

The ETSC claims Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) limits could reduce collisions by 30 percent and road deaths by 20 percent.

Some manufacturers are also promoting the technology as the first step towards drivers receiving no speeding fines.

However, because the tool can be overridden, the ETSC has previously claimed the driver will still be responsible for keeping within the speed limit.

“A lot of people love driving, they get their car and set off across Europe, go around the Scottish highlands, drive to Wales, they like that freedom.

“Many people regard their car as their stallion in cowboy days. It’s their transport of choice, its’ their freedom, their independence.

“It’s being restricted more and more and I don’t think society benefits from that.

“The potential for saving accidents is just a lame excuse.

“If you don’t want to drive a car, go on a train, go on a bus, let’s have a public transport system that actually works for everyone.

“Allow people to drive how they want to drive.”



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