Four-week warning as UK cars to be 'retrofitted' with 'mandatory' speed limiters

UK drivers have been issued a four-week warning as laws are set to 'tighten' for motorists. From July, a driving law change which could see European Union speed limiters installed in cars will crack down on the number of accidents and speeding fines.

All vehicles in showrooms will need to come equipped with Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) technology from July this year. "The new rules, set to take effect in July, introduce 'mandatory' speed limiters, changing how we drive on roads," a spokesperson for Motor Match said.

They added: "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.

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"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 and are yet to be sold will also have to adhere to the rules.

Vehicles currently on showroom floors will need to be retrofitted in order to be compliant. The new rule will begin on July 7 and drivers will be able to deactivate the limiters, but they’ll be instantly reactivated upon getting back in the car and will need to be deactivated each time.

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