With the development of infrastructure in India, Nitin Gadkari has cleared the proposal of increasing the speed limit in India. The maximum speed limit on urban city roads is 70 km/h for cars, 60 km/h for cargo carriers and 50 km/h for two-wheelers. However, local authorities can enforce lower speed limits citing safety of the commuters.
It is the first time that speed limits have been specifically set for a type of road. Till now, the road transport ministry only used to set the national maximum speed limit for different categories of vehicles. The authorities cannot set speed limit higher than the new limits but can lower the speed limits to ensure safety.
India’s current speed limit for such places is around 40-50 km/h. The limits have been increased after the development of new arterial roads in urban areas. The higher speed cap will mean that it will be legal to drive faster than before and would take less time to reach the destination. However, most Indian cities are choked with the rising number of vehicles. The new limits will only help the commuters who take major roads of the city.
The new limits will be notified soon to the local authorities. The new rule also states that no action will be taken against the speeding vehicles that are within the 5% limit of the maximum speed limit.
The development can also open the way for increasing the speed limit on the Indian highways. A proposal of increasing the highway speed limits to 120 km/h is already on the desk of the Road and Transport Ministry but it is yet to be cleared. We will have to wait to see if the government increases the highway speed limits too.
That being said, Indian roads are regarded as one of the most dangerous roads in the world. The high number accidents claim many lives each year and most of the times speeding is the main reason for accidents. Indian cities are yet to adopt high-tech techniques to enforce speed limits strictly. While many stretches in the metropolitan cities have speed detecting cameras, a major part of the cities remains unmonitored. If the law is enforced strictly and faulty drivers are handed bigger punishment, the traffic situation can become much better in the future.