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Nitin Gadkari: Raise speed limits by 20kmph | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday asked his ministry officials to revise the maximum speed limits for vehicles and to increase them by 20kmph for different categories of roads. He also directed the officials to put in place a mechanism for uniformity of speed limits on certain stretches rather than effect frequent changes in notified speed limits even on short stretches.
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.

Times ViewSudden and irrational changes of speed limits are a major problem in many cities. A policy for uniformity will be a step in the right direction. It will make driving easier for the law abiding and also reduce chances of accidents that could be caused by drivers suddenly slowing down.

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.




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