The European Union is secretly developing a “remote stopping” device to be fitted to all cars that would allow the police to disable vehicles at the flick of a switch from a control room.
Confidential documents from a committee of senior EU police officers, who hold their meetings in secret, have set out a plan entitled “remote stopping vehicles” as part of wider law enforcement surveillance and tracking measures.
“The project will work on a technological solution that can be a ‘build in standard’ for all cars that enter the European market,” said a restricted document.
The devices, which could be in all new cars by the end of the decade, would be activated by a police officer working from a computer screen in a central headquarters.
Once enabled the engine of a car used by a fugitive or other suspect would stop, the supply of fuel would be cut and the ignition switched off.
I agree that I’m not the world’s greatest car enthusiast but what? As far as I can recollect turning off the ignition also locks the steering on a car. And they want to do that to a car doing 120 mph through a suburban street as it attempts to escape from the cops?
Perhaps we should send the people who thought this up out onto the motorway and then we’ll cut their engines?
To say nothing of the civil liberties implications here. No, they’re mad. Hang them all.