Originally posted by: quantium
It would simply be an offence to use the car with the governor improperly set,
Meaning that either there would be HUGE queues at border crossings for people to get their limiters reset or people who lived in one country and regularly traveled to another with a different speed limit would have to have their car set for the lower limit always. Ditto for states within countries.
In the former case, who would pay for the repeated resetting? I'll happily undergo it for my cars IF AND ONLY IF YOU
pay for my time and the technician's. (Being a mathematician by training, I use the phrase "IF AND ONLY IF" in its precise mathematical meaning, which is not significantly different from its plain English meaning.)
These governors would not influence any determined law breaker, but would help ordinary drivers to keep within speed limits.
I find that the Mark I Human Brain is more than sufficient for this task. A large number of people of my acquaintance would go further and say that anyone whose Mark I Human Brain is not sufficient to the task should be required by law to surrender either their Mark I Human Brain or their driving license.
But a vehicle that is practical to own is what may go part the way to solve the environmental problems.
And part of being a "practical vehicle to own" means that the vehicle can, as supplied, be safely and conveniently driven at or close to the legal limit for whatever country the driver happens to be in today, without requiring repeated visits to a technician for adjustment, possibly multiple times in a single journey.
The other part is for government and institutions to consider "people miles" and realise that the other person's journeys that they may be demanding or encouraging, added up over the whole world, has an environmental impact far greater than say remote control standby consumption of tv sets.
This I agree with. And the right place to start this is to stop politicians flying half way round the world to shake hands, chat, have a banquet, etc. just to have a discussion that could just as well have taken place via teleconferencing. (Although some figures I read would imply that sticking a cork in every active volcano would reduce worldwide greenhouse gases more than totally banning air travel would - not that I am suggesting anyone go out and by a cork oak forest!!!)
Ian Gordon, MIET CITP MBCS