In a set of 12 requests raised by the judiciary, the first of which asked the central government to reconsider its 2018 notification, raising the speed limit to 120 km / h.
The Madras High Court has asked the Center to reduce high speed limits.
The Madras High Court quashed a notification from the central government, setting the speed limit at 120 km / h for vehicles traveling on highways. A division chamber of judges N Kirubakaran (since retired) and justice TV Thamilselvi, which rejected the notification dated April 6, 2018, also ordered the Center and the state to issue new notifications with limitation reduced speed. In March of this year, the judiciary issued an interim order on an appeal in which compensation amounted to ₹ 18.43 lakh to ₹ 1.50 crore to the appellant – a dentist, who had suffered from a 90% disability due to a traffic accident in April. 2013 in Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu.
In a set of 12 requests raised by the judiciary, the first of which asked the central government to reconsider its 2018 notification, raising the speed limit to 120 km / h. In its report, the Center justified its action by increasing the speed limit by saying that in view of the improvement in engine technology and the improvement of road infrastructure, a committee of experts was formed to review the motor vehicle speed limits. In accordance with its recommendations, the maximum vehicle speeds on different roads had been revised by the ministry in the notification of April 6, 2018.
But the current bench observed that while there was better engine technology and improved road infrastructure, there was no improvement in motorists’ compliance with road safety rules. According to the report published by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the number of fatalities on the roads would prove that more accidents occur due to speed. In its statement, the bench said when speed was a major cause of road accidents, it is unclear how improving road infrastructure and engine technology will reduce accidents. In fact, better engine technology would always be a reason for uncontrolled speed and, therefore, cause more accidents.
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