35-day warning as UK cars to be 'retrofitted with mandatory speed limiters'

Motorists in the UK have been issued with a warning as the countdown to 'mandatory' speed limiters continues. The driving laws will 'tighten' from July 7 in a move which could see European Union speed limiters installed in cars.

It is hoped that this will reduce the number of road traffic collisions throughout the UK. And all vehicles in showrooms will need to come equipped with Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) as part of the change

A spokesperson for Motor Match said: "The new rules, set to take effect in July, introduce 'mandatory' speed limiters, changing how we drive on roads.

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"These Intelligent Speed Assistance systems will become standard, forcing drivers to stick to speed limits automatically. For instance, ISA technology would limit you to a maximum of 70mph as this is the national speed limit.

"It's important to note that while speed limiters are already present in many cars, the upcoming regulations tighten control. Showing support for the introduction of mandatory speed limiters is key in supporting safer roads.

"Last year, police records showed that exceeding the speed limit was a contributory factor in 20 per cent of deaths on the road. Furthermore, travelling too fast or exceeding the speed limit contributed to 25 per cent of deaths.

"Speed limits are set for a reason, and it’s illegal to ignore them." Cars that have already been manufactured but are yet to be sold will have to adhere to the rules.

Vehicles on showroom floors will need to be retrofitted in order to be compliant with the change. Drivers will be able to deactivate the limiters, but they’ll be instantly reactivated upon getting back in the car.

The legislation states that it applies to all cars sold in Europe, not just EU member states, therefore it still applies to the UK.