Speed Limiters To Be Fitted To All New Vehicles From 2022
The introduction of speed limiters to become mandatory from next year – the reasons why and what it will mean for your fleet
Speed Limiters are already being used in some vehicles. In a bid to reduce the number of deaths from road traffic accidents, car manufacturers such as Volvo have already introduced speed caps to all their new vehicles since 2020, limiting them to 112mph.
From 2022 though, intelligent speed limiters and data loggers will now be a mandatory fitting for all new vehicles. Although approved by European parliament, the UK will also follow suit with these regulations despite their departure from the EU.
What is an ‘intelligent speed limiter’ and how do they work?
There are currently two types of speed limiter. The most commonly used and perhaps most familiar to drivers so far is the adjustable speed limiter- these allow the driver to manually set the limiter to their chosen speed. They require the driver to adjust this accordingly in line with the speed limit.
The second type is known as an intelligent limiter or more formally an ‘Intelligent Speed Assistance’ (ISA).
Now these really are pretty clever- they use GPS data and even traffic recognition cameras to determine the speed limit of the road you are driving on. The Intelligent Speed Assistant will then limit the power of your vehicle to match this speed. This means you are unable to break that speed limit.
Although it is still possible to override by pressing hard on the throttle, many ISA systems will prompt a visual and audio warning until you slow down so it will be obvious you are exceeding the limit.
How do speed limiting systems communicate to your vehicle’s speed?
Various sensors on your vehicle are used to determine the speed it is travelling at-this information is then fed back to the internal computer of your vehicle’s engine. Once the pre-determined limit is met, the computer can restrict the flow of fuel and air to the engine which prevents the driver from exceeding the top speed.
How can the implementation of ISAs benefit your business?
There are multiple benefits that ISAs can bring, many of which will also have a positive financial impact for your business.
This new law will certainly help to improve the safety of our roads with the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) predicting that limiters could reduce collisions by 30% and save around 25,000 lives within 15 years.
Not only will this improve your drivers’ safety on the road but also reduce the amount of accidents for your fleet- all helping to keep costs down and reduce the number of vehicles off the road for repairs.
In addition to this there should also be a reduction in costs to your drivers such as speeding fines, insurance cost hikes due to points on their licence and worst case scenario driving bans.
Having vehicles with safety features like this on your fleet can also help reduce insurance premiums as the risk is lessened.
With ISAs also improving the fuel efficiency of each vehicle you will save on fuel costs as well as reducing C02 emissions.
Reduction in Wear & Tear
The wear and tear caused to your vehicles should also be kept to a minimum with drivers encouraged to drive in a more efficient and responsible way.
There are likely to be the usual dissenting voices amongst drivers. It’s usually along the lines that it’s “big brother” watching over drivers, and that it’s a way of potentially racking up fines etc…by stealth.
However, if there is a reduction in deaths on the roads, and tangible cost benefits, the introduction of speed limiters is probably long overdue. It was something that was always on the cards, it just needed the technology to be available, which it now is.
What are your thoughts on speed limiters? Do you have any concerns? Can you see any disadvantages in them? What would they mean for your business? Please feel free to leave your comments below.