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EU considers van speed limiters

Date: 21 May 2010

Van drivers could be limited to speeds of 75mph from 2015 if a draft EU report gets passed later this year.

But the proposals made by the European Parliament's Environment Committee would increase risk on the roads according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders:

"Such devices... would result in an increase of lane changes for passing such vehicles and increased risk for passenger cars, reduction in traffic flow and increased risk of accidents."

The draft report suggests no changes to the committee's short-term target of 175g/km CO2 phased in from 2014 to 2016, but does recommend the longer-term 2020 target rises from 135g/km to 150g/km. The penalty for vanmakers that exceed the targets drops from ?120 to ?95 a vehicle.

The SMMT added: "No further CO2 reduction can be achieved by mandatory installation of speed limitation devices: LCVs are tested running on the MVEG cycle ranging up to a top speed of 120km/h, which is the maximum allowed top speed in the majority of EU countries. Compliance to speed limits is an enforcement issue.

"LCVs fulfil a transportation task prevailing on urban and rural roads, where the most accidents occur. Those areas are limited by speed limitation. The causes of accidents include insufficient safety distance, driver fatigue, overloaded vehicles and inappropriate speed."

The committee is due to vote on the report on 28 September 2010.

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