Report: EU Proposal Would Limit All Cars to 70 MPH for "Safety" Reasons
September 3, 2013 7:06 PM
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Bye bye autobahn
Europe has been known as the birthplace of some of the world's fastest cars with luxury-minded speed-demons from Italian brands like Volkswagen AG's (
) Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., German brands like Daimler AG's (
) Mercedes-Benz, or the UK's Bentley Motor Group Ltd. (also a Volkswagen property). Indeed, perhaps no highway system is as famous as Germany's autobahns, where there is no
enforced speed limit
But all of that could soon be changing.
The European Union's
Mobility and Transport Departmen
t -- a branch of the EU's market regulatory body, the European Commission (EC) -- is preparing an extreme proposal to counter auto fatalities in the region. UK newspaper
the office of Patrick McLoughlin, the UK's Transport Secretary as warning of the controversial proposal.
The EU is looking to pull the plug on drivers travelling over 70 mph. [Image Source: Porsche]
Reportedly the EC approached Mr. McLoughlin with a pending proposal that sought to use an Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) scheme to prevent any new vehicles sold in the EU
from going over 70 miles per hour
. The EC officials argued that the proposal was necessary to curb the over 30,000 drivers who die each year on Europe's streets.
But Mr. McLoughlin blasted the proposal; with a "government source" close his office commenting:
This has Big Brother written all over it and is exactly the sort of thing that gets people's backs up about Brussels. The Commission wanted [Mr. McLoughin's] views ahead of plans to publish the proposals this autumn. He made it very clear what those views were.
An EC spokesperson confirmed that talks about new speed regulation are pending, remarking:
There is a currently consultation focusing on speed-limiting technology already fitted to HGVs and buses. Taking account of the results, the Commission will publish in the autumn a document by its technical experts which will no doubt refer to ISA among many other things
the more basic free market and cost issues
, another problem with the proposal arguably is the fact the EU member states vary greatly in traffic fatalities. Out of Britain's thirty eight million motorists, there are only 1,754 fatalities in 2012 -- a 0.0046 percent death rate. By contrast Germany's forty-five million motorists in 2012 got in 3,657 fatalities -- a 0.0081 percent death rate (almost twice as high).
This controversy may be laid to rest -- or further ignited -- when
self-driving (autonomous or semi-autonomous) cars
hit the market.
, Inc. (
and Nissan Motor Comp.
, Ltd. (
) are among the companies working to bring self-driving car technology to the market.
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9/3/2013 9:54:50 PM
"No one is allowed to go that fast on any regular highway in the US." ----
Wrong. Check your facts.
"No one needs to go faster." ----
does not good policy make.
"I think the speedometer should end at 85 MPH.." ----
Contrary to your statement, thought did not seem to take place prior to your post. You do realize that cars are manufactured so that the speedometer can be read in mph or kph, right? The reason it limits analog dials past 120 is because 120 kph is roughly 75 mph. If you reduce the dial to something more like 85, then anyone switching it to kph will be limited to roughly 53mph. Obviously this is not an issue with digital speedometers.
9/4/2013 5:59:51 AM
You just went full retard.
Most (if not all) speedometer faceplates i have seen have both kp/h and mp/h on them at different scales so that the actual position of the "needle" works for both. A quick search on google images teaches me that there are speedometers that only list one of the two but in that case anyone with half a brain realizes that they just have two different face plates for the exact same speedometer. So limiting it to 70MPH does the same im the us and eu.
Also you should have noticed that this is about a EU proposal so the document <sarcasm>probably</sarcasm> does not concern itself with these weird-ass you call miles, and the 70mph is a converion by DT so 'murricans can understand.
9/4/2013 10:43:49 AM
You haven't looked at enough speedometers then. My car (a 2001) can be changed between US and metric through the dashboard display, and as soon as one does that, the needle moves correspondingly. No imperial setting for those bigger gallons though.
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