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Date published: 2008/12/30

The BBC says:

Speed-limiting devices should be fitted to cars on a voluntary basis to help save lives and cut carbon emissions, according to a new report.

The government's transport advisers claim the technology would cut road accidents with injuries by 29%.

The device automatically slows a car down to within the limit for the road on which it is being driven.

But campaign group Safe Speed warns against its use, saying it encourages drivers to enter a "zombie mode".

Ministers are planning to help councils draw up digital maps with details of the legal speed on every road.

The speed-limiting devices will then use satellite positioning to check a vehicle's location and when its speed exceeds the limit, power will be reduced and the brakes applied if necessary.

The Commission for Integrated Transport and the Motorists' Forum, which both advise the government, are calling on ministers to promote a wide introduction of the system.

The Commission for Integrated Transport (CfIT) is just a group of typical academic middle class people who hate drivers (excepting themselves, of course). The Motorists' Forum was set up by the CfIT, and so has the same outlook on life, as is clear from their position here. These organisations do not represent drivers.

It is pretty obvious that the government will never get this system to be perfect. There are minor roads that are very close and parallel to motorways. One person's GPS system will say their car can do 30, and the next person's GPS will say that their car can do 70. It's a recipe for disaster. And given the government's inability to put in place any IT system without completely screwing it up, one can pretty much guarantee that the system will work even worse than can be imagined.

Of course there is a useful side effect here. The government wants to track every vehicle in the country (they can already half do this via cameras, but it's clunky). This is going to happen in a few years with road pricing, in any case, but these speed-limiting devices would be a way of getting it all introduced sooner. Welcome to control freak Britain.

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