London: The rules would also apply to all motors manufactured in the UK regardless of Brexit, a move welcomed by campaigners across Britain aiming to save thousands of lives.
The UK Department for Transport will continue to work alongside the European Union on road safety after the European Commission provisionally agreed that all vehicles sold in Europe must be fitted with speed limiting technologies by 2022.
The EU Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) provisionally agreed on the measure on Monday.
Fitting all motor vehicles with intelligent speed assistance systems (ISA) would avoid 140,000 deaths from motor accidents by 2038 and aims to eliminate road deaths by 2050, according to the EU, and would work alongside lane-keeping and advanced emergency braking systems.
The technologies were welcomed by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), an independent advisory body for the EU, but the EU parliament and Council may not approve the measures until September and could not consider the new rules until after elections in May.
“We continuously work with partners across the globe to improve the safety standards of all vehicles,” the UK Department for Transport said. “These interventions are expected to deliver a step-change in road safety across Europe, including the UK.”
Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said in a press release that whilst the legislation was “many years in the planning stages” there had been “relatively little time for political discussions over its final shape”.