Drivers warned of massive 'change in how we drive' as mandatory speed limiters fitted on cars

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UK motorists have been given a four-week notice of new stricter controls on the speed at which they can drive. From July, speed limiters will begin being installed in new cars, aiming to reduce the number of accidents and speeding fines.

All vehicles rolling out of factories and in showrooms will need to be fitted with Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) technology. "The new rules, set to take effect in July, introduce 'mandatory' speed limiters, changing how we drive on roads," a spokesperson for Motor Match stated, reports Birmingham Live.

They further explained: "These Intelligent Speed Assistance systems will become standard, forcing drivers to adhere to speed limits automatically. For example, ISA technology would restrict you to a maximum of 70mph as this is the national speed limit."

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It added: "It's crucial to understand 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 indicated that exceeding the speed limit was a contributing factor in 20 per cent of road deaths. Moreover, travelling too fast or surpassing the speed limit contributed to 25 per cent of fatalities."

"Speed limits are established for a reason, and it's illegal to disregard them." Cars that have already been manufactured and are yet to be sold will also have to comply with the rules. Join our WhatsApp news community here for the latest breaking news

Cars currently on display in showrooms will require retrofitting to comply with the new rule, which comes into effect on July 7. Drivers can deactivate the limiters, but they will reactivate automatically when the car is restarted and will need to be deactivated each time.

The legislation stipulates that it applies to all cars sold in Europe, not just those in EU member states, meaning it remains applicable to the UK.