EU Says Non/Nein to Reports of Compulsory 70mph Speed Restriction

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Jeremy Clarksons of the internet were recently enraged by claims that the EU may be planning to enforce a camera and GPS combo that would limit cars to a top speed of 70mph. However, the EU's taken to its blog to say that the reports are "quite simply not true."

The European Commission's blog post on the matter is really ballsy and specific in its criticism of the way the UK press bent its words, claiming the Mail on Sunday deliberately left out the part of the report that said the Commission had no plans to introduce such limits in the pipeline, while The Sun On Sunday pretty much just made up its own quote and rambled on about 'Big Brother' surveillance culture instead.

The EU supplied the full quote it sent to journalists about the plans -- or lack of plans -- for the introduction of the Intelligent Speed Adaptation system, saying:

"The Commission has supported past research into ISA. There is a current stakeholder consultation and study focusing on speed limiting technology already fitted to HGVs and buses. One aspect of that is whether ISA could in the long-term be an alternative.
And a second consultation on in-vehicle safety systems in general. Taking account of the consultation results, the Commission will publish in the autumn a document by its technical experts which will no doubt refer to ISA among many other things. That is all. (NB such “staff working documents” are not adopted by the Commission at political level and have no legal status.) Nothing more is expected in the foreseeable future."

Interesting to see how this non-statement was turned into a rant about how 'Big Brother' wants to grip your ankles while you drive by the should-know-better papers. [Jalopnik]

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