EU car control plans rejected by UK motorists

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 09:05
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COMPROMISE: ISAs opposed, claims IAM study

Drivers are concerned the use of EU-driven Intelligent Speed Adaptations (ISAs) will compromise safety, a study by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has shown.

More than three-quarters (78%) of motorists questioned have insisted they do not want the speed limit-detecting technology retro-fitted to older vehicles.

Around half (57%) of drivers feel ISAs would fail to have a positive impact on road safety, while 67% would only support ISAs if they had no control at all over the vehicle.

ISAs in their proposed format detect speed limits through cameras or satellites and automatically apply the brakes.

A further 52% claim the devices would cut speeding convictions and spending on traffic calming measures, with 31% advocating ISAs only for young, newly-qualified or previously-convicted drivers.

Simon Best, Chief Executive of the IAM, said: “ISAs could help to save lives but it’s clear that drivers remain dubious about the benefits of the technology.

“More research into the benefits would help to reassure the public that this will improve road safety.

“Unfortunately, over a third of respondents see this as a way of controlling drivers, I believe if drivers are trained properly and have access to ongoing learning, the government would not need to enforce ISAs.”

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