California bill would make state the first to require in-vehicle speed limiting devices

The California bill would require 2027 and newer vehicles to have a speed limiter that could prevent them from going more than 10 mph over the speed limit.

  • A proposed California bill aims to keep certain new vehicles from exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 mph.
  • The bill calls for tech to electronically limit a vehicle’s speed starting with the 2027 model year; emergency vehicles would be exempt.
  • The bill would allow the driver to temporarily disable the speed-limiter, which could also be fully disabled by the automaker or (in some case) by the commissioner of the California Highway Patrol.

California could become the first state to require certain new cars to be equipped with a device capable of limiting speed, if legislation proposed this week ultimately becomes law.

San Francisco-based state Sen. Scott Wiener (D) introduced a bill mandating many new vehicles — beginning with the 2027 model year — contain a so-called “intelligent speed limiter.”

The Speeding and Fatality Emergency Reduction on California Streets—or SAFER California Streets, for short—is a package of bills that includes SB 961 that was published Tuesday, which essentially calls for speed governors on new cars and trucks built or sold in California starting with the 2027 model year. These vehicles would be required to have an “intelligent speed limiter system” that electronically prevents the driver from speeding above the aforementioned threshold.

“I don’t think it’s at all an overreach, and I don’t think most people would view it as an overreach, we have speed limits, I think most people support speed limits because people know that speed kills,” Wiener said, according to ABC7 news in California.

“Instead of leading the rise in traffic fatalities, California should be leading the nation in reducing needless deaths on our roadways,” the state senator added.

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