We'll fight "Big Brother" car controls

02-Sep-2013 @ 17:0

Jacqueline Foster Jacqueline Foster

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Conservative MEPs today pledged to fight any attempt by the EU to require that cars and vans be fitted with hi-tech devices to stop them ever breaking the speed limit.
Conservative Transport Spokesman Jacqueline Foster labelled the suggestion costly, counter-productive and an insult to personal freedom.
She spoke out after press reports today raised the prospect that proposed road safety measures, due to be announced by the EU Commission this autumn, would include the use of "Intelligent Speed Adaption" which can measure and limit vehicle speeds using satellite technology.
Mrs Foster, MEP for the North-West, said: "This is asking car owners to pay the bill for letting bureaucrats mess with their motors. It will also be downright dangerous to deny motorists ultimate control of their vehicles.
"So not only would it be costly, it would also be counter-productive so far as road safety is concerned. Motoring organisations all agree that it is far better to leave car and van-drivers in complete control so they can respond to circumstances on the road.
"It is also an insult to personal freedom to say that bureaucrats in Brussels are effectively going to have their foot on your brake pedal. Even Big Brother didn't try remote control of people's cars.
"I don't know whether this is an imminent threat or a gleam in some Commission official's eyes, but if or when it appears before the Transport Committee I can assure you Conservatives will be down on it like a ton of bricks. Britain has the best road safety record in Europe and we won't have it compromised by nonsense like this."
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