Every new car built after May 2022 will be fitted with anti-speeding devices to alert drivers when they break legal limits, as well as in-built breathalysers to cut out engines when drink drivers get behind the wheel.
New vehicles will need to have an Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) limiter as standard after the European Parliament agreed on new rules in Strasbourg on Tuesday.
The alert system will ensure drivers observe speed limits through GPS and road sign recognition cameras.
EU governments and MEPs agreed on 30 new safety standards for cars, vans and trucks. The bill is set to be rubber stamped in a forthcoming vote of the European Parliament.
“The Commission wanted to make it compulsory that the car would automatically slow down to observe speed limits but we have secured a compromise where the system merely has to alert the driver that he or she is speeding,” said Daniel Dalton, the Tory MEP for the West Midlands.
“It is true that cars built in Britain will have to carry these safety systems and standards if they are to be exported to the EU,” Mr Dalton said. “But we have also secured improved rules making sure that drivers of trucks pose less of a risk to cyclists and pedestrians.”
MEPs also backed rules to demand “an alcohol interlock installation facilitation”, and for cars to induce safety technologies that can detect when drivers are feeling drowsy. Another feature aims to prevent drivers being distracted by their smartphones.
The European Commission said the measures could prevent 140,000 serious road-traffic injuries by 2038. The bill will apply from May 2022 for new vehicles not yet in production and from May 2024 for cars already being sold.
Other features in the bill include a ban on seasonal clock changes across the EU as well as controversial copyright rules for the internet, branded a “ban on memes”.
MEPs voted in favour of controversial copyright laws that will force the likes of Google and YouTube to compensate the media for using their content.
Artists such as Paul McCartney and Annie Lennox have campaigned in favour of the reform.
A group of MEPs failed to block the most contentious articles, which called for a link tax on major websites that use other people’s content and enforced recognition tools to “prevent the availability” of copyrighted material online.
The Parliament said that memes – popular images and video – would be “specifically excluded” from the rules.
Source: The Telegraph