You can soon hit 120 kilometre per hour on expressways in India with the government learnt to have approved higher speed limits for cars. According to a Times Of India report, while the speed limit for cars has been increased to 100 kilometres per hour from 80 kilometres per hour on national highways, the maximum speed limit for cars on expressways has been set at 120 kmph. As per reports, the proposal was cleared by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday and a notification in this regard is expected soon. The development comes as part of regular speed limit revisions that the Union government undertakes from time to time as road infrastructure improves.
To ensure better security for commuters on highways and expressways, the Ministry has also approved an electronic control unit which will not allow vehicles to go at very high speeds. As per the decision, two-wheelers will be allowed to ply at a maximum speed of 80 kmph on highways and expressways. For buses and trucks, the speed limit has been set at 90kmph on expressways and 80 kmph on national highways.
However, the government’s decision comes in sharp contrast to the Delhi High Court ruling in January where it refused to lift the speed limits for vehicles on the roads of the national capital, saying doing so could result in more fatal accidents. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar had then questioned the lawyer who had moved the plea seeking to remove the speed limits. Dismissing the petition, the bench said that removing speed limits would lead to “crashes everywhere”. The bench noted that in foreign countries there were no policemen on the roads but people still drove their vehicles at a speed of 30-40 kilometres per hour. The court was hearing a PIL filed by advocate Anil Kumar Aggarwal, who had challenged the imposition of speed limits and issuance of challan and collection of fine for its violation. The bench stated that the present petition was actuated by the recent challan issued by the Delhi Traffic Police to the advocate for alleged over speeding.