Car insurance: New technology 'will not make roads safer'

Monday, 05 January 2009

The widespread use of Intelligent Speed Adaptation is unlikely to cut car insurance claims in the UK, one motoring group has suggested.

According to the Association of British Drivers (ABD), the recent Motorists' Forum report - which said the system could cut road deaths and injuries by 29 per cent - is flawed.

It stated road users should be trusted to judge how fast it is safe to travel.

The organisation warned if vehicles were equipped with technology which prevented drivers from exceeding the speed limit, motorists may be encouraged to practise "foot to the floor driving" - which in turn could lead to more collisions and motor insurance claims.

Nigel Humphries from the group commented: "The speed of a vehicle is rarely the cause of an accident and the correct speed for the prevailing road conditions cannot be set by a number on a stick."

Meanwhile, ABD recently described the congestion charge no-vote by Greater Manchester residents as a victory for motorists.

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