Madras HC Stops Centre From Allowing 120 Kmph Speed On Highways: But Why?
The Madras High Court has overturned a central government regulation setting a speed restriction of 120 km/h for vehicles travelling on highways.
The notice dated April 6, 2018, by a division bench of Justices N Kirubakaran (now retired) and TV Thamilselvi also asked the Centre and the State to publish new notifications with lower speed limits.
Madras High Court Stops Centre From Allowing 120 Kmph Speed On Highways
There was a case hearing of a road accident that happened back in 2013. So on March 3 this year, while passing interim orders on an appeal, the bench increased the compensation amount from ? 18.43 lakh to ? 1.50 crore to the appellant.
Due to a road accident a dentist, who had suffered 90 per cent disability in April 2013 in Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu.
A total set of 12 queries was raised by the bench and the first of which was for a direction to the central government to reconsider its 2018 notification, increasing the speed limit to 120 kmph.
This was posted in August for filing a compliance report.
Speeding- A Major Cause For Road Accidents?
From the report released by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the main reason for road accidents and death was because of the speed.
In its report, the Centre justified its action in increasing the speed limit as cars are now equipped with advanced engine technology and improved road infrastructure and as per its recommendations, the maximum speeds for vehicles on different roads had been revised by the Ministry on April 6, 2018, notification.
But due to a large number of deaths and accidents, the present bench said there was no improvement related to the road safety rules by the motorists. Even if there has been advanced and better engine technology and improved road infrastructure.