Car accidents involving rental cars have increased recently and provincial government officials have mooted introducing speed-limiting devices to rental cars to combat the increase.
Traffic fatalities on Jeju over the past two years total 205, 39 of which were caused by commercial vehicles. A further nine fatalities involved rental cars, three were killed by buses and two by taxi and truck, respectively.
Officials stress that speeding is the the main cause of death in accidents involving rental cars and a speed control system has been proposed. The speed limit is currently set at 80 km per hour on all roads and officials claim that speed-limiting devices fitted to cars could restrict cars to speeds below 90 km per hour. The plans were proposed after consultation with the public in enacting the ordinance for “Amendments to the Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.”
The ordinance, if implemented, will affect tourists to the island, who represent most rental car users; however, it remains to be seen if the measure will impact road traffic fatalities.
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