Black Boxes in Vehicles
Having said that, the government have rejected the idea at this time, but it surely won’t be long before this is commonplace. Maybe at the moment with the ideas of motorway tolls and other financial increases, the government felt it not the right time to announce this measure. Many motorists would see this as a further step towards a nanny-state.
It surely won’t be long as the benefits both for safety on the roads and financially for the government are huge. Just imagine the data that could be stored and kept for the authorities. If the government do bring motorway tolls in, which I think is a bad idea which I’ll explain in a moment, then the black box, fitted with the latest satellite tracking devices, would be able to immediately charge a driver for using certain tolled roads. An account would be created and either the money could be withdrawn straight away, or totalled up for an end-of-month fee. The government wouldn’t have to waste any time on resources as it would all be automatic. And huge sums would surely be made.
The problem with tolling motorways is it would completely negate the whole reason for having them in the first place. The idea was to move traffic from clogging up our towns and countryside. Tolling would bring a lot of that traffic back and the problem would re-appear. I personally would avoid all motorways and tolling. I don’t like motorways anyway – dangerous, fast, and overly aggressive morons too close for comfort. I try to avoid them when I can now already so tolling them would be fine by me, other than my journeys would take a little longer, which again I really don’t mind. I’m sure I won’t be the only one gladly avoiding them. The government are assuming after an initial outcry the anger would subside and everyone would get used to being charged.
I think black boxes are a good idea. Spoken from someone who doesn’t speed, doesn’t drive aggressively, and doesn’t take chances. If I were to be in an accident, I would gladly have my black box investigated to prove I wasn’t in the wrong. Of course those overly aggressive morons I mentioned wouldn’t be happy about it at all, because they know they’d have to fall in line with the decent of us.
Now speeding is another reason why the black box makes sense for the government. They could have information in them that would enable the box to know when you’re speeding, and issue a speeding fine and points on your licence straight away. A letter would automatically be sent. This would make our roads a far safer place for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Obviously getting a ticket for straying just over the limit would be unfair, but the usual gap aloud of 10% plus 2-3mph would be fair. And anyone who thinks this would be unfair dues to sometimes not noticing a speed sign will just have to learn to be more careful – like they should be anyway!
The only problem I can foresee is the fact it could be detached. This will have to be looked into but I’m sure solutions could be found. Perhaps the Police could have a sensor which would be able to detect if a black box isn’t present, or maybe the manufacturers could hide it somewhere only a mechanic could get too and make it troublesome to remove. Or with the advances in technology surely a vehicle could be made to just not work if it was taken out.
These black boxes will almost certainly come into use in Europe before here, but we will quickly follow. I look forward to it.