Car 'spy' scheme attacked

Transport bosses are to push ahead with plans to install 'Big Brother' speed detectors in cars, it was reported this week.

The £200 device in the dashboard can alert spy-in-the-sky satellites if a driver goes too fast.

It may even be able to give drivers a warning beep, and then automatically use the brakes to slow the vehicle down.

Although still under trial at Leeds University, the Intelligent Speed Adaption scheme has already won £2million from the government.

The Conservatives have denounced the idea of a nationwide roll out, not least because it would need a massive national speed limit database.

Under the system, any vehicle must be accurately located through satellite technology, which can only work with information like the speed limit on the road.

Shadow Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "From ID cards, to chips in wheelie bins to monitor your rubbish, to clipboard-wielding council tax inspectors having the right to come into your home, the Big Brother tendencies of the Government are becoming clearer by the day."

The scheme has also been attacked by the Association of British Drivers.

Its road safety spokesman Mark McArthur-Christie said: "A safe driver is one who can use his own judgement to determine what is a safe speed for the conditions.

"Government policy is doing nothing but [undermining] that in any number of ways. We cannot believe they will be foolish and cowardly enough to repeat the same mistakes with black boxes that they have with current camera technology."

The Dubai government is using a similar system to enforce speed limits on its roads.

Under the scheme, motorists who break speed limits will be issued with an automatic speeding ticket.

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