Car insurance: Vehicle speed limiters considered in London

Wednesday, 24 May 2006

Speeding drivers could soon be a thing of the past in the capital, as Transport for London (TfL) admits it is considering a new system which automatically limits the speed of vehicles.

The new Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) technology is currently only being considered for buses and taxis, but could soon spread to other vehicles.

It works by alerting drivers when entering a new speed limit zone, using satellite technology, while future versions will reduce the engine's speed if it is over a certain limit.

The move could dramatically cut the number of road accidents as well as potentially slashing car insurance premiums for motorists should they install the system in the future.

Currently, even the cheapest budget car insurance quotes are affected by a driver's speeding fines and points on their licence accrued by speeding.

A spokesman for TfL admitted the mayor wants London to hit a 50 per cent reduction in road casualties, with the ISA scheme one option.

However, critics have slammed the idea citing concerns over the safety of motorists in cars they are not in full control of.

A London Assembly Conservatives spokesman told the BBC: "This proposal is ill thought out, expensive and dangerous. We have real fears that accidents may result from car engines cutting out during manoeuvres.

"Drivers must be able to trust their vehicles at all times."

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