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Maharashtra government to decide if old taxis can ply without speed regulators

The Maharashtra government conceded that speed governors were unavailable for old cars and some comparatively new models such as VagonR and E-class Mercedes

mumbai Updated: Dec 21, 2017 23:06 IST
Kanchan Chaudhari
According to the ministry of surface transport and highways, the state can invoke provisions of the Motor Vehicle Rules and exempt certain classes of vehicles from being fitted with the otherwise mandatory speed-regulating devices.
According to the ministry of surface transport and highways, the state can invoke provisions of the Motor Vehicle Rules and exempt certain classes of vehicles from being fitted with the otherwise mandatory speed-regulating devices.(HT File)

Can old taxies can continue plying in the city without installing speed governors — a speed-limiting device? The state government told the Bombay high court it would take a decision on the matter in two weeks.

According to the ministry of surface transport and highways, the state can invoke provisions of the Motor Vehicle Rules and exempt certain classes of vehicles from being fitted with the otherwise mandatory speed-regulating devices, said additional solicitor general Anil Singh.

The court was hearing a petition filed by the Mumbai Taximen’s Union, which challenged the government’s decision to make the installation of speed governors compulsory for all commercial vehicles — those that ferry the public for a fee.

The Union said several old cars ply as taxies in the city. There were neither speed governors available for them, nor could manufacturers modify the cars’ engines to accommodate the devices as they are.

The petitioner sought that several taxis, primarily black-and-yellow cabs, be exempted from complying with the rules.

The Maharashtra government conceded that speed governors were unavailable for old cars and some comparatively new models such as VagonR and E-class Mercedes.

In view of this, the high court had directed the central government to consider exempting these vehicles.

The Centre, however, passed the buck on to the state government, asking it to invoke provisions of the Motor Vehicle Rules.