Speed Governers For Imported Vehicles In India — Is This Really The Solution?

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Did you know that Germany's less congested Autobahns, where drivers have no restrictions on the maximum speed? In 2006, Measurements of the German state of Brandenburg revealed average speeds of 142km/h on a 6-lane section of autobahn in free-flowing conditions.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) in a report - World Report on road traffic injury prevention - identified speed control as one of the many interventions likely to contribute to a decrease in road fatalities.

So are Indian roads designed to take high speeds, especially imported vehicles which are designed to run at high speeds? Well, No. Most of the roads in India are designed to take a maximum speed of 100km/h.

With an increase in the use of imported buses, cars and bikes on our Indian roads, there is bound to be some amount of fatalities given the nature of the performance of imported vehicles.

As per an interview with The Hindu, Deputy Transport Commissioner S. Venkateswara Rao of Vizag said, "The Transport Department is planning to approach manufacturers of imported buses like Scania, Volvo and Benz to restrict the speed of their vehicles sold in India. These vehicles have a speed regulation mechanism, and it can be easily altered at the manufacturer level,"

He added, "The manufacturer has to lower the upper limit and issue a certificate to the buyer that the speed of the bus has been regulated as per the prescribed norms. The speed would be measured with speed guns installed at strategic points on the outskirts of the city,"

Most of the modern vehicles come equipped with Engine Control Unit (ECU) which can alter the fuel supply which the vehicle attains maximum speed. This can be modified by the carmaker at the factory itself according to the country's rules and norms.

Speed guns are being procured by the Police Department which is effective and can capture the vehicle number, speed and vehicle position and also give the ‘coordinates' apart from the longitudinal and latitudinal positions. With the technology, no one can escape law when the details are submitted to the court.

"The government should take up the issue with the manufacturers and control the speed at the factory level itself," opined Motor Vehicle Inspector M. Butchi Raju.

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