Come October 1, and all new transport vehicles such as trucks, buses, mini-buses and dumpers won’t be able to indulge in speeding.
For, the Centre has decided to make speed governors — a speed limiting device — mandatory for all new transport vehicles.
The governors will restrict the speed of commercial vehicles, which have yellow number plates, to less than 80 kmph and to 60kmph for vehicles such as dumpers, tankers, school buses and hazardous goods carrying vehicles. The notification, issued by the Centre, makes it compulsory to fit speed governors at the manufacturing or dealership stage. However, the state governments will have to take a call on which category of existing vehicles will have to get the device before the start of the next fiscal, by issuing a notification before October 1.
Emergency vehicles such as ambulances, fire tenders and police vehicles have been exempted from the rule. Two-wheelers, three-wheelers, quadracycles and four-wheelers with a seating capacity of eight, weighing less than 3,500kg and a maximum speed limit of 80 kmph, too, have been exempted.
Every year, more than 1.25 lakh people from across the country, including 12,000 from the state, lose their lives in road accidents. Earlier, the Centre had decided to make speed governors mandatory for all new transport vehicles from April 1, 2014, but later put it on hold, taking the objections raised by transport operators and state governments into account.
The ministry of road transport and highways had issued a draft notification on July 24, 2014, seeking suggestions and objections. Buses with all-India tourist permit were earlier exempted from fitting speed governors, but they have now been added to the list.
In Maharashtra, the state government, through its notification issued on March 13, 2012, had made speed governors mandatory for a few categories such as school buses, tankers, trucks and trailers. February 2013 was set as the deadline, but the Centre’s notification nullified it.