The controversial rule means that new cars will be fitted with speed limiters by 2022, while older cars will have to have the technology by 2024
A new EU rule has been announced that means all new cars will be fitted with breathalyser interfaces and speed limiters by 2022.
The controversial rule was approved back in March but was rubber-stamped by the European Council last week.
And while it’s yet to be confirmed for the UK, it’s very likely to be rolled out for Brits, because the Government has agreed to mirror EU road safety rules after Brexit .
Speaking to Mirror Online, a spokesperson for the European Transport Safety Council explained: “New models of car sold in Europe from 2022 will need an interface which enables an alcohol interlock to be fitted if, for example, required by a fleet operator or law enforcement.”
Meanwhile, new cars will also be fitted with ‘Intelligent Speed Assistance’ software, which can stop drivers from speeding.
The system uses GPS data and limits from local traffic cameras to automatically reduce the car’s speed if the driver is going over the limit.
The rule has been met with a mixed response, with some hailing the new technology, and others reacting with scepticism.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at Brake, said: “Drink-driving and speeding are a scourge on our roads and the cause of devastating crashes every day.
“On the eve of Road Safety Week, it’s fantastic to hear that alcohol interlock compatibility and speed limiting technology will soon be mandatory.”Source: Mirror