SMART Highways editor Paul Hutton had a busy day on Wednesday 28 March explaining the technology behind the EU’s plans for automatic speed limiting of new cars to BBC radio listeners and TV viewers.
He appeared on six BBC radio stations; the national station Five Live’s breakfast show, on nation stations Scotland and Wales and local stations Stoke, Lincolnshire and Essex as well as on BBC News and BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire programme (pictured).
The story that caused the interest is the EU’s plans to make speed limiters mandatory on new cars from 2022 which was first published by SMART Highways on Tuesday 27.
Paul says, “I often write how important I think it is for the public to understand the technology behind initiatives to make our transport network safer, cleaner and more efficient and see it as an important part of my job to explain that to the general public. When the phone rang at just after six from Five Live, I didn’t think it’d lead to a day having pretty much the same conversation over and over again, but that’s what happens sometimes. I was working from home working on the finishing touches to all the Traffex 2019 programmes when TV called, so ended up turning my living room into a makeshift TV studio!”
You can hear Paul’s first interview of the day with Rachel Burden on Five Live here: