She estimated that half of convicted drink-drivers would decide not to drive if an alcolock
prevents a car starting if a driver who has blown into the device registers over the limit.
THE new Alcolock
Breathalyser Immobiliser System is on sale for PS675.
The way the alcolock
works is that the driver must first breathe into it to unlock the engine, and will have to repeat the same process at regular intervals during the journey.
Privilege said today that, as it stands, the Road Safety Bill provides for the future use of alcolocks
, but would only give courts the power to allow drink-drive offenders to drive during the latter part of their disqualification period, where it is over a year long, if they pay for the fitting of an alcolock
( a breath-testing device fitted in a car that locks the ignition if the driver's breath contains more than permitted amounts of alcohol.
USA Today reported in April that Volvo's Alcolock
is built into the seat buckle, and will be an option on vehicles sold in Sweden by 2009, and Saab's Alcokey involves alcohol sensing technology.
stops a car's ignition working unless the driver gives a breath sample.
Ian Parker, managing director of Privilege Insurance, said: "If the pilot scheme in Birmingham is successful, we want like to see the fitting of an alcolock
made compulsory for drink-drive offenders.
Known as an alcolock
, the device is aimed at preventing those who have been convicted of drinking and driving from reoffending.
Offenders can volunteer to have an alcolock
fitted to their vehicle in a scheme which is due to be tested in Bristol and the West Midlands.
The company was awarded the prize for its work on an alcolock
specially adapted for buses.