In a latest announcement, Delhi government has said that all cabs in the city will have to have speed governors fitted in them. Delhi state transport department's decision comes as a measure to limit maximum speeds of taxis to 80 kmph, so as to curb the rising number of overspeeding incidents in the national capital. The decision will be applicable on all taxis in the city, including Ola and Uber.
Mandatory installation of speed governors in taxis follows suit from the union government, which has already made it compulsory for commercial vehicles to be fitted with speed governors. However, the measure is so far still on paper.
"The city transport department has made installation of speed governors in cabs and taxis mandatory following the Union transport ministry's recent notification," an official said.
Delhi Traffic Police data reveals that a total of 1,622 and 1,671 people were killed in road accidents in 2015 and 2014, respectively, and 16,000 were injured. Mandatory speed governors is one of the measures the government plans to incorporate so as to make city roads safer.
The latest rule, however, hasn't gone down well for taxi drivers and owners. They have argued against its compulsory installation saying that it costs Rs 10,000 to have one fitted, which is not an amount every cab driver can afford. The taxi driver union has threatened to hold protests if the government does not pull back the decision soon.
Taxi drivers cannot afford the cost of speed governors and hence, the Centre should withdraw the notification, said Rajender Soni, general secretary of Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union.