EU busybodies (more commonly referred to as “regulators”) have passed a law that from last week makes black boxes — which track Drivers in real time — mandatory for all new cars.
Black boxes have until recently been used primarily by logistics companies and other businesses with large fleets to monitor their vehicles.
More recently, ‘Driver Behavior’ black boxes have been very popular with these types of companies…
They want to know that that their drivers are “behaving themselves” – not giving the company a bad name, not wasting fuel by driving flat out everywhere, and so on.
Personally, I don’t really have an issue with this type of tracking, *so long as* the Driver is aware they are being tracked, and consents to it as part of the terms of their employment.
However, more recently still, black boxes have been used by insurance companies to monitor the driving of their Customers…
A few years ago, I took the Mrs’ Mini out for a little drive. The next day she got a call from the insurance company… Of course the black box had notified the insurer that the car was suddenly being driven differently to how it usually was, and they wanted to know why!
Now imagine for a moment that information was going to a government agency rather than an insurance company…
The problem with insurance tracking is that it’s surely a step down a very slippery slope — wouldn’t you agree?
For new drivers, often the only way that they can afford insurance is to have a black box tracking device fitted. And it gets them used to being tracked …as if its a normal thing.
What I absolutely DO have a big problem with is the news that from 6th July 2022, all new cars sold in the EU *must* have a black box fitted!
And there are rumors – from the RAC among others – that the law will follow in the UK.
Just what could the governments agenda be here, I wonder 🤔…
Of course, the UK is not part of the EU anymore.
I think most Members will have an opinion on whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I’m staying out of that one because, frankly, I view all governments as at best insufferable busybodies and at worst outright criminal enterprises.
Anyway, the EU bureaucrats have said that for the time being the driver can override the system, which warns them and automatically slows the car down.
I think the key phrase there is “for the time being”.
Of course, this is part of their longer term agenda for ever tighter control over the population.
We see time and time again how all governments continually creep forward with their efforts to control people.
Sometimes they even take a token step backwards in an effort to appease the masses — remember “ending the war on the Motorist” anyone? — before taking even bigger steps forwards towards their totalitarian goals.
I hear on the grapevine that the government is on the back foot at the moment. Despite not watching the “news” (and that’s very deliberate by the way!), I’ve heard that the prime minister is in hot water over some news that was leaked and has been forced to resign.
So I guess this legislation might not follow immediately in the UK.
But *surely* it’s just a matter of time before it does?
…and then trackers will have to be retro-fitted to all used cars.
…and then you’ll only be able to buy electric cars (this is already decided as I understand).
…and then you’ll only be able to use electric cars?
…and then perhaps people who don’t agree with the government will have their electric cars disabled?
And then… well you can draw your own conclusions about where the road we are currently on could take us, but I think you get my point — it’s a road that most people who consider themselves free DO NOT want to be on!
Anyhow, I’ll make this pledge now:
No matter the so-called “laws” these control freaks want to throw down our throats, I for one will NEVER have a government black box in my car.
And I’d like BTST Members to hold me to that promise.
Who’s with me?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below :-)
All the best,