New EU speeding laws could come into place in the near future.
All cars sold in Europe could be fitted with speed limiting technology by 2022.
This comes after new European Union rules were provisionally agreed.
Speeding remains a significant problem in many European countries according to our new report, published ahead of an important vote in @EP_SingleMarket on Thursday on future mandatory in-vehicle safety technologies.https://t.co/1ZZPIq9fKG#LastNightTheEUSavedMyLife pic.twitter.com/LhllKkUNx2
— European Transport Safety Council (@ETSC_EU) February 18, 2019
The European Transport Safety Council put an info-graphic on their Twitter page highlighting the levels of speeding.
Intelligent speed assistance (ISA) is one of the range of new safety measures that are set to be introduced after the plans were given the green light by the European Commission.
The move could save more than 25,000 lives and prevent around 140,000 serious injuries by 2038 according to road safety campaigners.
The Brexit debate should make no difference to the adoption of the new laws, with the UK expected to introduce the new laws regardless of the outcome.
Joshua Harris from the charity Brake said “These measures will provide the biggest leap forward for road safety this century, perhaps even since the introduction of the seatbelt.”
EU commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska said the ‘vast majority of fatal road accidents were caused by human error.
UK statistics show that more than 1,700 people are killed on UK roads every year, charity Brake says speeding is a lending factor to a quarter of all deaths.
— Tracy Gee (@newsgirlTracyG) January 10, 2018
The speeding regulations have faced some criticisms from companies such as the Automobile Association with their President Edmund King saying:
“When it comes to intelligent speed adaptation, the case is not so clear the best speed limiter is the driver’s right foot.”
The regulations are not expected until 2022, with some further uncertainty coming from the recent issues Prime Minister Theresa May has had getting her Brexit deal through parliament.
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) released a report detailing the new regulations.