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Drink-drivers will be forced to fit a breathalyser in their car when returning to the road after a conviction, EU officials have announced.
Ministers want to lower road deaths by forcing convicted drink-drivers to blow into the devices before they are able to start their engines.
Legislation - Effect - Mid-2022 - Models - Cars
The legislation is due to come into effect from mid-2022 for all new models and from 2024 for cars with existing designs.
The move is described by the road safety charity Brake as the ‘biggest leap forward for road safety this century’.
Plans - March - Council - Week - Reforms
The plans were approved in March but rubber-stamped by the European Council late last week. It is highly likely the reforms will be bought to the UK because the Government has agreed to mirror EU road safety rules after Brexit.
The EU has remained deliberately vague about how the breathalysers would work in practice. Some devices require repeat breath tests at random intervals so drivers who are over the limit cannot simply ask a sober friend to start their car.
AA - Measures - Drink-drivers - Cars - Breathalyser
The AA said measures would be required to ensure drink-drivers are unable to purchase or drive cars without breathalyser kits fitted as standard.
As well as breathalysers, new cars will be equipped with ‘Intelligent Speed Assistance’ software which can stop drivers exceeding limits and automatically slow down vehicles travelling too fast.
Speed - Limiter - System - GPS - Speed
The speed limiter system uses GPS to display speed limits on the dashboard.
The car can be automatically slowed down if it exceeds the limit, although the...
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