The speed limit on expressways has officially been raised in India, and the law that specified the increase in speed limit has now been passed by the Union government. Cars can now zoom at a maximum of 120 Kph on expressways, up from the 100 Kph earlier speed limit.
As for regular national highways, the speed limit for cars has been raised from 80 Kph to 100 Kph. On city roads, speed limit for cars has been increased from 50 Kph to 70 Kph. For two wheelers, the highway speed limit has been increased from 60 Kph to 80 Kph.
Within the city, two wheelers can have a maximum speed of 60 Kph, an increase of 20 Kph over the older speed limit. Speed limits for taxis have been increased as well. On expressways, taxis can now operate at 100 Kph, and on highways, they can now operate at a maximum speed of 90 Kph. The earlier limit was 80 Kph. Speed limits for commercial vehicles have been raised from 60 Kph to 80 Kph.
All said and done, one must remember that these speed limits are not applicable to those stretches where highways pass through cities and villages. In such stretches, the speed limit mandated by state governments is applicable, and this limit is generally lower than that of the national speed limits. So, make sure that you read speed limit boards on the road properly.
Speeding is one of the biggest causes of accidents on Indian roads. When people drive over the speed limit, they put themselves and other road users at danger due to two major reasons. 1. Ability to control their own vehicles gets reduced as speed increases. 2. Roads are designed for a certain maximum speed. Exceeding the speed limit means that the road surface may not be conducive to safety in terms of quick direction changes, braking, etc. Speed limits are designed keeping various factors in mind including other, slower moving traffic. So, obeying the speed limit religiously is the first step towards ensuring road safety.