Support for car speed limiters to cut road accidents

Cornwall Council has backed calls for new speed limiting technology to reduce the numbers of deaths and serious injuries on Cornwall’s roads.

From 2022 all vehicles sold in Europe will have to be equipped with intelligent speed assistance (ISA) and advanced emergency braking after new rules were provisionally agreed by the EU.

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The Department for Transport said the system would also apply in the UK, despite Brexit.

In 2017, 295 people were killed or seriously injured on Cornwall's roads, representing a 34% increase from 2013.

Factors related to speeding made up the fourth highest contributing factor for road collisions in Cornwall between 2015 and 2017.

From 2017 to 2018, 91% of all fixed penalty notices issued were for speeding offences.

Cornwall Council is working with partners including Highways England and the police to review the Cornwall Road Casualty Reduction Strategy and create a new action plan.

Since the strategy was published a number of road safety projects have been carried out across Cornwall.

Councillor Sue James, portfolio holder for the environment and public protection, said: “I welcome the announcement from the EU on the intentions to use technology to prevent drivers exceeding speed limits.

“I would urge our own Government to bring this into UK law. Although every driver that speeds believes they are a safe driver, the evidence suggests it is a significant cause of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.”

The EU says the plan could help avoid 140,000 serious injuries by 2038 and aims ultimately to cut road deaths to zero by 2050.

Learn more about being a safer driver on our Road safety pages.