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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 (ETR:VOW) Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., German brands like Daimler AG's (ETR:DAI) 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 Department -- 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 Telegraphcites the office of Patrick McLoughlin, the UK's Transport Secretary as warning of the controversial proposal.

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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

Aside from 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.  Google, Inc. (GOOG), General Motors Comp. (GM), and Nissan Motor Comp., Ltd. (TYO:7201) are among the companies working to bring self-driving car technology to the market.

Source: Telegraph

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RE: scary proposal.
By Stuka on 9/4/2013 1:10:51 PM , Rating: 4
Both are misnomers for IRRESPONSIBLE PEOPLE. It's the human being's lack of care, intellect, respect, and responsibility that cocks the hammer on that pistol every time they start the car. It is not some mysterious amalgamation of miscellaneous circumstances. People are thoughtless dicks. Good luck legislating that though.

RE: scary proposal.
By JediJeb on 9/5/2013 3:09:09 PM , Rating: 1
Start making the penalty for traffic violations start at $1000 per offense with loss of license then require taking the written and driving test over to regain the license and you would cut down on those not paying as much attention as soon they would be broke. So many people I know now just laugh if they get a ticket and never change their attitude towards how they drive.

RE: scary proposal.
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2013 4:35:29 PM , Rating: 2
Wasn't there a cop who was pulling over women just to hit on them in the news recently?

I'm sorry but your idea is WAY too prone to being abused. It's like you want to destroy peoples lives for minor harmless infractions. Give me a break!

I want you fined $20,000 for jaywalking. What do you think about that? Something everyone does, but is technically illegal.

RE: scary proposal.
By thurston2 on 9/10/2013 1:06:06 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe we should put them in prison for a year. We should increase the penalties for all crimes to ridiculous levels then no one would break the law.

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