Raise speed limits for different roads: Gadkari

Bill in Parliament soon, says Minister for Road Transport and Highways

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that he is in favour of increasing the maximum speed limit on expressways to 140 km per hour, and added that a Bill will soon be introduced in Parliament to revise the speed limits for vehicles for different categories of roads.

The Minister for Road Transport and Highways added that “there is a mentality regarding speed that if the speed of the car increases, then there will be an accident”.

“My personal view is that the speed limit for vehicles on expressways should be increased to 140 km per hour,” he said while addressing the ‘India Today Conclave 2021’.

Mr. Gadkari added that while the speed limits for National Highways should be at least 100 km per hour on four-lane roads, the respective speed limits for two-lane roads and city roads should be 80 km per hour and 75 km per hour.

He said the parameters of speed limits for vehicles in India is “one of the big challenges”.

“There are some decisions by the Supreme Court and High Courts regarding car speed due to which we are not able to do anything,” Mr. Gadkari said.

He added, “Such expressways have been built in the country that not even a dog can come on those roads because barricading has been done on both sides of the road.”

He said he had prepared a “file to revise the maximum speed limits for vehicles for different categories of roads”.

“In a democracy, we have the right to make laws and judges have the right to interpret the law…a Bill will soon be introduced in Parliament to revise the speed limits for vehicles on Indian roads,” he said.

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