New EU driving law proposals may go against existing UK speeding rules – expert warning

EU: Speed limiters to be implemented from 2022

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Speaking to, Mr Freeman said current UK laws “enables and entitles” drivers to break the speed limit in dangerous situations. He said drivers may need to break the limit “if someone does something stupid” which requires an urgent response.

He said: “Sometimes you need to accelerate quickly to get around a situation.

“If someone does something stupidly and you need to get past it quickly, you do need to exceed the speed limit.

“The law actually enables you and entitles you to do that.

“There is the law of duress of circumstance, either as a defence or as a special reason.”

In 1999, David Beckham won an appeal into an eight-month driving ban after successfully arguing “duressive circumstances”.

He regained his licence after claiming he was only speeding to escape a photographer who was chasing him.

Kenway Miller Solicitors also said “extenuating circumstances” can be argued in some speeding cases.

However, drivers must show “there was no reasonable alternative” than to drive above the limit.

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Mr Freeman said drivers themselves were the “best-placed people” to decide how to react on the road.

He has questioned how drivers would be able to get themselves out of emergencies or avoid collisions if they could not temporarily go over the limit.

He said: “How is this situation going to deal with that?

“How is our speed being controlled externally by some sort of computer going to accommodate that situation?

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