Currently, the maximum speed limit notified by the road transport ministry is 100kmph on national highways for cars and 120kmph on expressways. But the state police and other agencies have the authority to fix the speed limit on highways and expressways falling under their jurisdiction. This has been the main reason why speed limits on certain portions of NHs differ from state to state.
Moreover, different speed limits on a stretch of road, particularly in cities, have been a major problem for commuters. What has compounded the problem are inadequate number of signs displaying allowed speed limits.
Sources said Gadkari issued the directions to the ministry officials while chairing a review meeting.
Last year Gadkari had flagged how local police were penalising commuters driving at more than 40kmph on multi-lane highways within city limits and called this “unfortunate”.
However, considering that speeding is the leading cause of road crashes and fatalities, road safety experts have maintained that the speed limits on roads must be well defined and notified.
Image Source : PTI Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa talks to media before attendin…