The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi today made installation of speed governors in taxis and cabs running in the national capital a must, a PTI report said. The decision has come following recent notification by Union Road Transport ministry making installation of speed governors compulsory in commercial vehicles.
As per the agency, the decision was taken to reduce road accidents by reducing the maximum speed of taxis and cabs to 80 kmph.
As many as 1,622 were killed in 2015 and 1,671 next year in road accidents respectively in the national capital, the Delhi Traffic Police data. It added that more than 16,000 people were injured in accidents in these two years. The government has now decided to limit the maximum limits of all cabs, including Uber and Ola.
“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 was quoted as saying by PTI.
Taxi unions have, however, opposed the government’s decision and said they would go on strike if the decision is not rolled back Speaking to PTI, Rajender Soni, general secretary of Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union, said cab drivers cannot afford the cost of speed governors, therefore, this notification should be withdrawn by the Centre.
“A speed governor is installed at a cost of around Rs 10,000. If the decision is not withdrawn, taxi drivers will launch a serious of protest against the Delhi government and Centre,” Soni was quoted as saying by the news agency.
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On May 12, the Delhi Government had ordered registration of BS-III two-wheelers which were sold on or before March 31, after an order by the high court. This had come as a relief for car dealers who had sold BS-III vehicles till March 31, but were unable to get them registered since Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) were not ready to accept documents after the Supreme Court had set a deadline, the PTI report said.