An automatic speed limiting device will be fixed in cars under a pilot scheme by the Scottish Government to help achieve the target of reducing road deaths by 40% between 2010-2020.

The government’s long-awaited road safety framework will restrict young drivers who account for a disproportionate number of crashes.

Although no decision about the location or date of introduction has been released, the government has said that the automatic speed limiting device is likely to involve a GPS system and an onboard computer that will automatically slow a speeding vehicle to the local speed limit.

The plan to reduce road deaths also includes proposals to encourage local councils to introduce 20mph zones in all residential areas and also improving school bus safety.

In addition, discussions about the restrictions for newly qualified drivers, including limits on the number of passengers, engine size, and speed will be conducted in a nationwide debate.