California Bill Would Require Speed Governors on Cars

The legislation would call for speed-limiting technology on cars made and sold in the state that would keep speeds to no more than 10 miles over the posted speed limit.

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January 25, 2024, 11:00 AM PST

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


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A California bill proposed by state senator Scott Wiener could require vehicles sold in California to be equipped with speed governors, a mechanism that limits the vehicle’s top speed.

According to an article by Ricardo Cano in the San Francisco Chronicle, “The bill, introduced Wednesday, would require cars and trucks of the 2027 model year or later that are built or sold in California to include speed governors that would prohibit motorists from driving more than 10 mph over posted speed limits.” The bill would exempt emergency vehicles.

Cities are turning to lower speed limits as one tool for reducing roadway deaths. For pedestrians, the chance of dying after being hit by a vehicle dramatically increases with higher speeds.

The proposed bill would also require trucks over 10,000 pounds to be equipped with side underride guards, which prevent vehicles and people from going under trucks during a crash. Rear underride guards have been required since 1998—though the movement to mandate them began in 1967 after the grisly death of actress Jayne Mansfield in an underride crash.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 in San Francisco Chronicle

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