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Transport secretary will fight against EU speed limit measures

Date: 02/09/2013 10:12:20
Category: Car tracking
Author: Joe Elvin

Plans to fit all European cars with speed-limiting devices have been slammed by the British government.   

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is believed to be furious with the European Commission's proposals and has pledged to do everything within his power to stop them being introduced in the UK.

Speaking to dailymail.co.uk, he said: "This has Big Brother written all over it and is exactly the sort of thing that gets people's backs up about Brussels. We are about getting a better deal for Britain, not letting EU bureaucrats encroach further into people's lives."

The technology proposed would use satellite technology to communicate with speed limit signs and limit a car's speed appropriately.

It certainly shows how far vehicle tracking technology has come. Many fleet managers use trackers to ensure their staff are driving at an appropriate speed, but never before has a car's engine been limited in this way.

In a statement cited by guardian.co.uk, an AA spokesperson suggested such measures could cause as many accidents as they prevent.

"It could take away people's ability to get themselves out of trouble with a quick burst of speed, such as in overtaking situations where the capacity to accelerate can avoid a head-on collision," they said.

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