EU Plan Would Set 70 MPH Speed Limiters In All European Cars

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A proposal before the Mobility and Transport Department of the European Commission would require all new cars sold in the European Union to be fitted with speed limiting devices that would restrain vehicles from traveling at more than 70 miles per hour.

The plan could outfit new cars with cameras that read posted speed limit signs on roadsides and relay the information to a computer, which would moderate excessive speed by applying a car’s brakes without driver control.

According to Britain’s The Telegraph, the “scheme would work either using satellites, which would communicate limits to cars automatically, or using cameras to read road signs. Drivers can be given a warning of the speed limit, or their speed could be controlled automatically under the new measures.”

Like the comical porn ban proposed before the EU earlier this year, the speed-policing plan is still in development and could face a strong headwind in some member nations. One unnamed British government source said the country’s Transport Secretary is opposed to the idea because it violates motorists’ freedoms. “This has Big Brother written all over it and is exactly the sort of thing that gets people’s backs up about Brussels.”

Brussels is the unofficial seat of most EU central operations, although the pan-European organization has no official capital.

The European Commission’s Mobility and Transport Department announced the measure as a top-down effort to do something about highway safety in member nations, though there is a wide disparity in traffic safety statistics from one country to the next. The proposal would even go so far as to retrofit older vehicles so that they, too, would comply with the forced top speed.

Safety – one of the state’s greatest weapons.

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  • JimH

    Takes all the fun out of the Autobahn.
    Euro trash kill joys.

  • John

    Cannot work you have to go faster to pass and would create more accidents than it would save.

  • tns

    HA HA HA HA HA The argument of magazine limits for guns would be.like limiting cars speed could be a reality Oh god I can’t stop laughing.

  • TBJWebmaster

    There will be a lot more traffic jams and accidents as people travelling at 70.00 catch up with those whose cars are set to 69.99 and can’t pass them. My guess is that on many freeways/autobahns/motorways, the actual speed will drop far below that as everyone starts climbing up everyone else’s exhaust pipe and accidents proliferate. I hope it is the politicians stuck in the ambulances that can’t get through to hospitals.

    You only have to travel on a busy freeway now and see everyone bunching up side by side as they inch past each other at about 5mph faster than the official speed limit.

  • jdn

    You will submit , resistance is futile so bow to your Masters .

  • jimbo124816

    They can become more like the USA. We set speed limits by committees. We set speed limits by how we can get more money from motorists. We set speed limits by picking numbers from a hat.

    Now the Europeans can relax in their cars like Americans do, watch the scenery go by, talk on their cell phones, read a book or the newspaper, brush their hair, apply eye mascara, take a nap, watch videos, or any one of dozens of ways I have seen in my travels.

    Then they can start having a higher accident and fatality rate, instead of the best rates in the world, that they have now. And they will start building Yugo’s and Trabants again, instead of Mercedes, Porsche, Aston Martin, Bentley, and Audi.

    Your Socialist governments have served you well. Just wait for us to catch up here. Five years from now, you will feel lucky if they even allow you to drive.

  • JimH

    My 2011 Ford F 150 pick up, will leave that 2015 Porsche in the dust.
    What a hoot.

  • wavesofgrain

    We all know how this admin loves Global Control and the UN. It will be just a few short years and this government will control our driving. The BLACK BOXES will all be in place. A committe will be hired to carry forth monitoring 24/7 of American citizens. It is so sick and sad freedoms have been stripped world wide.

    • JimH

      If there were “back boxes” like on airliners, the last words on some would be,”hold my beer and watch this.”:)

    • Robert Messmer

      No need to hire a committee, the NSA will simply incorporate that in their spying. In some areas of the US, Progressive Insurance is already using the black boxes to determine insurance rates. Right now it is voluntary. They call it the “Snapshot”.

  • Deerinwater

    The Germans will never go for it. I would think even the French would have a hard time with it. Sounds more Sweden or Denmark to me. Let them have it.

    And there was nothing mentioned about “This Administration” or America in this article.

    Europe is 25 years ahead of the USA on many fronts. ~ Social and Civic matters, transportation, common everyday use of applied consumer technology.

    America is not ready for anything like this yet. ~

    Obey the speed limit ~

    Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a State Police Officer see’s a car puttering along at 22 MPH.

    He thinks to himself, “This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!”So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over.

    Approaching the car, he notices that there are five old ladies, two in the front seat and three in the back, wide eyed and white as ghosts.

    The driver, obviously confused, says to him, “Officer, I don’t understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?”

    “Ma’am,” the officer replies, “You weren’t speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers.”

    “Slower than the speed limit? No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly twenty-two miles an hour!” the old woman says a bit proudly.

    The State Police officer, trying to contain a chuckle explains to her that “22” was the route number, not the speed limit.

    A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out her error.

    “But before I let you go, Ma’am, I have to ask… Is everyone in this car OK? These women seem awfully shaken and they haven’t muttered a single peep this whole time,” the officer asks.

    “Oh, they’ll be all right in a minute officer. We just got off Route 142.”

  • beat_the_bush

    The story is made up. You shouldn’t trust the British press on the EU. It makes it up. This time helped by the UK gov.

    The EU has blasted both of them for manipulating its words and misquoting. You can read it here, with the all important quote missed out by the journalists:

    “The Commission has not tabled – and does not have in the pipeline – even a non-binding Recommendation, let alone anything more.”

    http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/

    In other words. There is no proposal or a plan for one.

    I suggest you edit or remove this article if you wish to have any journalistic credibility. Or you can be a paper that copies inaccurate stories from the British press. Either way.

    • Robert Messmer

      Wait for once it wasn’t the brain-washed MSM at fault? It was the objective, no axe to grind foreign media which is right about everything. WOW!

  • ibn insha

    I have 2 proposals:

    1. Outlaw all vehicles. No vehicles means no accidents. Also, it would mean no pollution as well which European governments are so worried about. They can kill two birds with one stone.

    And

    2. If they cannot avoid living without vehicles introduce vehicles from Flintstones cartoon. There will be no casualties in case of a crash. The cartoon characters always walk away alive from wreckage.

    • beat_the_bush

      The story has been up. The EU has no plans to implement any of these measures. See my comment below.

  • Jimmy the Greek

    RLMAO !