Even as the government’s mandate to automobile manufacturers to equip new trucks and buses with speed governing devices to restrict their speed to less than 80 km per hour came into force on Thursday, majority of states are yet to issue notifications to retro-fit speed limiters in old vehicles for checking the menace of speeding trucks and buses.
Rajesh Ravi, general secretary, Suraksha Foundation ( an NGO which works on issues related to increasing cases of road accidents on account of non-compliance with requisite safety norms) said, “There are 30-40 million commercial vehicles (CV) operating today which need to be retro-fitted with speed limiters. But even as CV makers have been mandated to fit speed governing devices in new vehicles starting Thursday, except for Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra all other states are yet to issue notification for retro-fit of speed limiters to check the menace of speeding trucks and buses.” All old commercial vehicles are required to be retro-fitted with speed limiters by April 1, 2016. However, except for five states, none have initiated the process towards the same by issuing the notification for compliance of existing truck and bus operators.
As per statistics available with the Ministry of Road, Transport & Highways (MoRTH) 2,22,883 road accidents were recorded in urban areas in 2013. As much as 37 per cent of accidents are caused due to over speeding.
Even in states where notifications have been issued, there are lapses in the implementation process as no regulations have been put in place to the fitment process.