Time to slam the brakes on EU meddling

In the latest in a long line of deeply draconian legislation, the EU has called for all cars to be fitted with a device that will apply the brakes if the driver drifts over their nation’s respective speed limit.

Under the new proposals, all new cars would have a built-in camera that would monitor limits displayed on road signs and a satellite link that would gather data. This information would then trigger an automatic application of the brake if the vehicle is driving too fast. Thus no car in the United Kingdom would be able to drive faster than the British motorway speed limit of 70mph.

Moreover, vehicles that are already on the road may be forced to return to a garage to be fitted with this Orwellian gizmo.

Fortunately, the British Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin is reported to be furious at the proposals, and has informed his officials to block such a move. However, whether this will have any impact remains to be seen, as these latest plans only highlight the ever-insouciant manner with which the policymakers in Brussels believe they can enforce their will over their democratically elected underlings.

Its high time Whitehall slammed the breaks on EU meddling, on the road and off.

Ben Lazarus is a recent politics graduate at the University of Bristol and is currently interning at spiked. He tweets at @BLazarus1.

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