The district administration and transport department have joined hands in an effort to curb accidents on the 205km, six-lane controlled access Yamuna Expressway connecting Greater Noida to Agra.
In an effort to curb speeding, which is often the reason for fatalities, the transport department has sought records of vehicles that were found speeding near the Jewar toll plaza in the past 15 days.
Jewar toll plaza has installed a software to record the speed for every vehicle that crosses the expressway. The speed limit for small vehicles is 100 km/hr whereas the speed limit for heavy vehicles is 60 km/hr.
The department will now be sending notices to over 2,000 UP registered vehicles for speeding on more than one occasion in the past fortnight.
“According to the information sent by Jaypee Toll Plaza in Jewar , a total of 149 vehicles were found speeding at least four times in the past 15 days. Similarly, at least 75 vehicles were caught speeding at least three times and a total of 1,966 vehicles were caught speeding at least twice in one fortnight,” said SK Singh, assistant transport officer, Gautam Budh Nagar.
“All 2,200 vehicles are UP registered and now we are collecting more information about their owners so that they can be fined under the Motor Vehicles’ Act,” he said.
The transport department will also share information with the Delhi government about vehicles that are registered there.
“We are compiling the list of all vehicles that are registered in Delhi and have violated the speed limit. Soon, the list will be sent to the Delhi government so that their owners can also be fined,” Singh said.
Recently, district magistrate BN Singh had inspected Jewar toll plaza in an effort to understand the reasons behind frequent number of accidents on the expressway and ways to reduce it.
“I have issued guidelines to the toll plaza company to share the details every day with the transport department,” BN Singh said.
According to a Right to Information (RTI) plea reply released by the Agra Development Foundation in 2016, there had been 4,054 accidents on the Yamuna Expressway in the preceding five years, resulting in 584 fatalities. In 2016, there were 1,193 accidents with 128 fatalities while the figures stood at 919 accidents with 142 fatalities in 2015.
Experts believe that speeding during summers results in heating and subsequent bursting of tyres whereas in winters, a majority of the accidents are caused a result of low visibility due to fog.