HC Deb 13 July 1908 vol 192 c410

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to the fact that many motorists habitually exceed the legal limit of speed, and openly boast that they have broken the laws of their country; and whether he will consider the possibility of requiring that every motor travelling upon the public highway shall have attached to it an apparatus, placed under seal, which will automatically shut off the engine and apply the brake as soon as the legal limit of speed is reached.


The question of the possibility of compelling motor cars to adopt a mechanical limitation of speed was considered by the Royal Commission on Motor Cars. In view of the engineering difficulties and the expense involved, and also of the possibility of any mechanical arrangement being tampered with, they did not recommend that such contrivances should be made compulsory. I regret to say that at present I do not see my way to adopt the suggestion of my hon. friend.