Speed limiters introduced in the UK and Scotland

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  • Speed limiters are set to be introduced on new cars in the UK and Scotland from July 2022
  • The speed limiters are designed to encourage new and young drivers to stick to the speed limit

JONATHAN White, Legal and Compliance Director at National Accident Helpline, said: “The new speed limiters, which are expected to be introduced on cars that are sold from July 6 2022, will hopefully see new drivers sticking to the recommended speed limits.

“The technology is designed to warn drivers when they are approaching the speed limit. If the driver doesn’t slow down, the speed limiter reduces the engine’s power and the vehicle’s speed.

“According to Brake, excess speed is a contributory factor in one in three fatal road crashes, so the introduction of speed limiters should not only improve road safety, but also lead to less fatalities on the roads.

“We helped more than 1,000 pedestrians and 877 cyclists to make a claim last year after being hurt in a road traffic accident, with excessive vehicle speed being a factor in many of these cases. With this in mind, we hope the introduction of speed limiters will help to reduce road accident casualty figures in the years ahead.

“It’s important to note that if drivers of cars fitted with speed limiters are involved in a road accident that wasn’t their fault, and there is evidence that they have exceeded the speed limit, they may not be successful in making a claim or could see their compensation reduced. We encourage all drivers to pay attention to the roads, stick to the speed limit, and drive safely.”

For more information about National Accident Helpline, please visit: https://www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/injury-and-accident-claims/road-traffic-accident/car-accident-claims

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