The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, in a recent amendment, raised the expressway speed limit from 100kmph to 120kmph.
The increase in maximum speed limit on urban road has been to 70 kmph. These new speed limits are for the M1 category of vehicles that are primarily passenger cars with not more than eight seats. Speed restrictions for taxis and LCVs have also been increased from 80 kmph to 100 kmph on expressways.
With a 20kmph hike, the speed-limit for two-wheelers and commercial vehicles is now 80kmph on highways. These max speed parameters don’t override set speed limits when crossing ghats, turns, villages and other recognized areas wherein lower speed limits are mentioned at the stretch. On city roads, personal cars and taxis have a similar speed-limit of 70 kmph and that for the two-wheelers has also been increased to 60kmph from 40kmph.
This notification, issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on 6th April has already been forwarded to all states. State governments will make necessary changes based on this notification to their local laws. Moreover the state government can issue another notification in particular areas limiting the speeds to restrict the max permissible plying speeds on certain road stretches within the broad contours of the Centre’s notification. Motor vehicles department will now have to re-calibrate all speed cameras installed on the roads in accordance with the revised speed limits.
This order came just three weeks before the Delhi Western Peripheral Expressway from Kundli to Palwal built by the Central government around Delhi is scheduled for opening.