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Yes, automatic speed limiters could become compulsory by 2021


20 Minutes, France

17 March 2019, Updated: 1 April 2019

“An automatic speed limiter will be compulsory in your car within 2 years”: the claim, spreading in France, is based on the press release of a European parliament member, which mentions the possible introduction of various car-safety measures (including this one) within the EU The European Parliament confirms to newspaper 20 Minutes that this obligation is set to become “real” provided that the bill is adopted in a future vote.

“An automatic speed limiter will be compulsory in your car within two years !!!!!!!!”, exclaims the French site “Roulez Libre” (“drive free”) in an article dated 25 February, which has been relayed by various Facebook pages dealing with car news and drivers’ rights. It is based on a press release by the socialist MEP Marc Tarabella, whose brief at the parliament includes consumer protection, agriculture and gender equality.

“Despite a continuous fall in numbers, there are still far too many victims of road accidents in Europe. Over the last few months, we have been working on a text which could save 25 000 lives over 16 years and reduce serious injuries by 140 000. Among the measures which we will vote on: smart speed adaptation, driver-drowsiness monitoring and other instruments aiming to limit injuries from collisions with pedestrians and cyclists, and all this for every new vehicle”, he claims in the document, summarized by the news site Sudindo.be and in turn cited by “Roulez Libre”.

As of now this measure still remains to be voted in order to enter into force and make compulsory this technology of “smart” speed control, recommended by the French road safety agency for several years now.

“That should happen if the bill, which was approved by a large majority by a working committee in early February, is adopted during a routine plenary session which, probably in April”, the European Parliament confirmed to 20 Minutes.

“The political groups agree on the principle so in theory it should be adopted. Once approved, the member states have 24 mois to ensure the text is applied”, says the institution, which would push its entry into force to around 2021.

The European Parliament adds that “the text stipulates that drivers will not be able to disable the technology. On the exact nature of the mechanism, it offers much room for interpretation to constructors, who will have been given years of notice to allow them to adapt”. The priority is to ensure that this change does not bring “additional cost” for motorists.

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