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New EU driving law will financially hit motorists

by LLB staff reporter
2nd Sep 21 9:39 am

Next year a new EU driving law is expected to launch in the UK which will make driving their vehicles “more expensive.”

Motoring lawyer Nick Freeman warned that motorists will be forced to place speed limiters on their cars, which may not be subsidised and the costs will be passed on to the drivers.

Freeman has warned that the new EU driving law will “cost everybody more money” as the new rules will see all new cars fitted with mandatory speed limiters, from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).

All new cars from July 2022 will be affected and vehicles which are on the market before this date will need tools fitted by 2024.

The tools will use recognition cameras and GPS data which will restrict motorists from going past the speed limit.

Speaking to the Express.co.uk Freeman said, “My first observation is it’s going to make motoring much more expensive.

“We are fitting additional equipment to cars.

“There is the cost implication for new cars and there is going to be the cost implication from May 2024 for existing cars.

“It’s going to cost everybody more money.

“That cost is obviously going to be passed onto the motorist.

“It’s not going to be subsidised by anybody.”

He said that drivers are already travelling “far too slowly” as the roads are so “congested.”

He added, “It’s going to cost the economy in my view billions of pounds because journey times will be increased.

“Journeys will become much slower at an inherent cost to the economy.”

Even though the UK has now formally left the EU it is expected the government will eventually adopt the changes.

Confused.com has previously said the new technology could see the cost of car insurance fall as there will be fewer claims and there is less risk at travelling at lower speeds.

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