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Speed governors for BEST buses soon

The Brihanmumbai Electric and State Transport (BEST) bus you travel in will soon have speed governors to regulate speed and keep it within permissible limit.

mumbai Updated: Apr 27, 2011 01:30 IST
HT Correspondent

The Brihanmumbai Electric and State Transport (BEST) bus you travel in will soon have speed governors to regulate speed and keep it within permissible limit.

The Bombay high court on Tuesday gave three months' time to the state government to decide on installing/fitting of speed governors in public transport vehicles such as BEST buses, trucks and taxis.

A division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice DG Karnik was hearing a petition filed by a Delhi-based society, Suraksha Foundation, seeking implementation of provisions of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules that make speed governors mandatory.

Additional government pleader Rajesh Behere said the (government) is in the process of finalising the installations of the speed governors in public transport vehicles. "The transport commissioner has invited objections and suggestions from concerned transport bodies before deciding on the proposal," he said.

Besides, the government also needs to decide on how to implement the rules when vehicles from other state, where speed governor is not mandatory, enter Maharashtra, said Behere. Sanjeev Kadam, advocate for Suraksha Foundation, said that rules were applicable for the entire country.

Kadam also pointed out that the statistics show that 32.6% of accidents occur on roads. "It is nothing to be proud of, but Maharashtra leads in this aspect [road accidents]," Kadam said.

The PIL has sought implementation of the speed governors rule stating that it would restrict excessive speeding on the roads. The court was informed that draft notification for making speed governors mandatory was issued in July 2010. The court has asked the government to specify the reason for the delay.