With an increasing number of road accidents each year along with an increase in the number of casualties due to accidents, the government is finally making amends to change the existing law. The first step by the government is to install “speed limiters” in commercial vehicles, restricting the speed up to 80 km/h.
The governments main concern are speeding buses and trucks, which are the root cause for accidents that take place on highways. To control the havoc caused by commercial vehicles, built-in speed limiters shall be seen in all new commercial vehicles from October 1.
According to the new rules, drafted by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, propose to amend the Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989. The draft states that ” Every transport vehicle registered by the central government under and manufactured on or after October 1, 2014 shall be equipped or fitted by the vehicle manufacturer, either in the manufacturing stage or at the dealership stage, with a speed limiter (speed governing device or speed limiting function), which has a maximum pre-set speed of 80 km/h”.
For vehicles which are registered prior to October 1, 2014, the state governments will determine different categories of commercial vehicles, that are to implement this new rule. This rule does not apply to two wheelers, four wheelers, quadricycles and three wheelers which have a seating capacity of under eight people, along with police vehicles, ambulances and fire vehicles.
The government is also looking to revise the maximum speed limit of vehicles plying on Indian roads. Cars will have a maximum limit of 100km/h, motorcycles will be allowed 80km/h as opposed to the earlier 50 km/h and commercial vehicles at 80 km/h.
The new amendments by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, should help curb the rate of accidents. The government has taken the first step, it is now our duty as responsible citizens to abide with the new law.