European officials made its decision on the technology that could prevent drink-drivers from starting their engines at the beginning of November.
Hunter Abbott, member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety and managing director of AlcoSense Laboratories commented, “New cars manufactured after 2022 will have a ‘breathalyser interface’ fitted, which is essentially a universal port to enable the ‘plug and play’ installation of a breathalyser that can stop the vehicle from starting, if required.”
“This will make it easier for fleet operators to implement the safety technology and, potentially in future, for the mandatory installation of an in-car breathalyser for convicted drink drivers,” added Abbott.
A recent RAC news release said that the UK’s position is yet to be confirmed, but the current Government has previously said it will mirror European road safety rules post-Brexit.
Cars made before 2022 will reportedly have to comply with the new rules by 2024. Road safety charity Brake has labelled the move the “biggest leap forward for road safety this century”. Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at Brake, said, “Drink-driving and speeding are a scourge on our roads and the cause of devastating crashes every day. ”
According to the RAC, Timo Harakka of the European Council, said, “These new rules will help us to reduce significantly the number of fatalities and severe injuries.” The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) also said the measures could cut collisions by 30% and save 25,000 lives across Europe over the next 15 years.
RAC road safety spokesman Simon Williams said, “Improving road safety is vital as too many lives are lost or ruined every year as a result of accidents on our roads.”
“As we progress on the journey to self-driving cars it is important to take advantage of all the associated technological developments to take safety to the next level, particularly as road casualty statistics appear to have stopped falling in recent years.”
“Features such as lane keep assistance, autonomous emergency braking and driver-drowsiness warning systems have the potential to have a very positive effect on the number of accidents.”