Cornwall Council has backed calls for new speed limiting technology to reduce the numbers of deaths and serious injuries on the county’s roads.

From 2022 all vehicles sold in Europe will have to be equipped with intelligent speed assistance and advanced emergency braking after new rules were provisionally agreed by the EU.

The Department for Transport said the system would also apply in the UK, despite Brexit.

In 2017, 295 people were killed or seriously injured on Cornwall’s roads - a 34 per cent increase from 2013.

Councillor Sue James, portfolio holder for the environment and neighbourhoods, said: ‘I welcome the announcement from the EU on the intentions to use technology to prevent drivers exceeding speed limits and would urge our own Government to bring this into UK law.’