Courtesy of www.drive.com.au
Feds put brakes on speedo plan
By Andrew Heasley
Wednesday November 17 2004
A FAILED 20-year-old US safety strategy to limit speedo readouts to curb speeding, resurrected by the Victorian Government, looks doomed after Federal Government rejection.
The State Government's desire to limit speedo readouts to 130 km/h was tried in the US in the 1980s, when speedos were limited to 85 mph (137 km/h), but was dumped mid-decade for failing to reduce the road toll.
Victorian Transport Minister Peter Batchelor argues high speedo numbers lure some into speeding, upping the crash risk.
"Limiting the speedometer display to about 130 km/h will remove the incentive for motorists to drive at excessive and dangerous speeds," he said.
Victoria Police supports the initiative but declined to explain to Drive how it would be enforced and whether aftermarket fitting of fully calibrated speedometers would be allowed.
Mr Batchelor was to submit the proposal to the nation's transport ministers last Friday but a chorus of voices headed by the Federal Government slammed the idea.
"The Australian Government does not support the Victorian proposal," a spokesman for the Deputy Prime Minister (and Federal Transport Minister) John Anderson said.
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