In the latest Motor mag Sept 2003 Michael Taylor (Ed) calls for us to take action and stop Staysafe (that committee staffed by dreamers who have no idea on the realities of living on the road) introducing Speed Limiter technologies onto our cars.
I have conveniently copied the terms of reference for the Staysafe project which calls for submissions by 29-Aug-2003.
Inquiry into speed and motor vehicles
The STAYSAFE Committee is to conduct an inquiry into the potential for motor vehicle technologies to influence or control driving speed in light vehicles, heavy vehicles and motorcycles. The inquiry will review:
· established, emerging and future vehicle-based technologies that influence driving speed
· the short term and long term possibilities for improved vehicle-based speed management and control
· road infrastructure, digital mapping, management monitoring systems and vehicle requirements associated with technologies for improved speed management and control
· the potential role of the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and other road safety-based rating and assessment systems to influence the development and marketing of vehicle-based technologies which can influence driving speed
· incentives that may influence the decisions of purchasers of motor vehicles to buy motor vehicles which use technologies for improved speed management and control
· the social and economic benefits and costs to the community likely to be connected with the adoption of vehicle-based technologies for speed management and control
· the capacity for New South Wales (within the Australian federal system) to influence and effect change in national motor vehicle standards
· results of Australian and international trials of speed control systems
· and any other related matters
The inquiry will include review of the following speed management and control systems that relate to vehicle design:
§ Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) where the system acquires information about local speed limits and encourages driver compliance
§ Top speed limiting where the vehicle is unable to exceed realistic top speeds for extended periods
§ Cruise control and top-speed limited cruise control
§ Speed alarms that are set by the driver
§ On-board monitoring of vehicle speeds during entire journeys
§ On-board monitoring of vehicle speed just prior to an incident such as a severe accident
§ Speedometer scales and ergonomics
The inquiry will also examine and review the role of systems that rely on extensive external surveillance such as Safe-T-Cam or speed cameras.
The STAYSAFE Committee invites written comment from interested organisations, groups, and individuals. Submissions should be forwarded to the STAYSAFE Committee, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000 by Friday 29 August 2003. Submissions may be forwarded by fax on (02) 9230 3309, or email to email@example.com
Further information can be obtained from Mr Ian Faulks, Manager of the STAYSAFE Committee, on (02) 9230 2161.
Paul Gibson MP