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Madras High Court directs Central and state government to install speed governors to control over speeding

Team SoOLEGAL 2 Aug 2017 1:17pm

Madras High Court directs Central and state government to install speed governors to control over speeding

Expressing the facts related to several road mishap occurred due to over speeding of vehicles of all types, Justice N Kirubakaran of Madras High Court, passed a verdict in which he proposed the installation of speed governors in motor vehicles in order to prevent speeding beyond legal limit.

The Madras High Court summoned the State and Central Government to answer why is there no initiative like Speed governor or similar devices ever taken into consideration even for non-transport vehicles like two wheelers and three wheelers, despite knowing the fact that it is a statuary requirement. The court is asking Government to respond on the issue along with the other issues already raised.

Observing the clear violation of Central Motor Vehicle Rules that commands the installation of speed governors in each vehicle, the Judge had issued a notice against Central and State Government on July 9 and looked for points of interest covering in installation/non-installation of speed governors. While hearing the plea filed by the State Transport Corporation challenging the demand of compensation to the casualties of a road mishap caused by a collision between two allegedly over speeding bus, the Judge outlined 9 questions to be answered by Government.

Another question rose against speeding vehicles, who allows Indian vehicle manufacturing companies to attach high speed powerful engines that, allows the driver to cross the speed limit that is not permitted under the CMV Rules.      

Taking the note that bus was imported from abroad which explains the vehicle’s capability of crossing the statuary speed limit. In light of this observation, the court asked Central Government on what basis  such high speed bus are permitted to be imported from abroad while knowing the fact that it is dangerous for the people. 

The court also stated that such vehicle imported from abroad are equipped with speed control features during registration, then how the accident took place. The court asked for a reply on this aspect.

The next hearing will be commenced on August 22, 2017

Read the Order Here

Madras High court   Justice N Kirubakaran  

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