For road safety, Bengal Govt decides to install speed-limiting devices in commercial vehicles

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For road safety, Bengal Govt decides to install speed-limiting devices in commercial vehicles

For road safety, Bengal Govt decides to install speed-limiting devices in commercial vehicles

As an extension of the successful Safe Drive, Save Life programme, a brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Bengal Government has decided to install speed-limiting devices in all Bengal-registered commercial vehicles.

This will ensure that speed limits are maintained on all major thoroughfares of the state, including on national highways, state highways and local roads in urban areas, and result in the safety of roads across the state.

Along with this, the Transport Department has also taken decision to instal these devices in all vehicles registered for use by the State Government, which are mainly used for commercial purposes.

In fact, to enforce the rule, fitness certificates will not be issued by the department if speed-limiting devices are not installed.

As for the speed limits themselves, it has been decided that on certain stretches of the national highways, it would not be more than 80 kilometres per hour (km/hr), on state highways it would be restricted to 60 km/hr and on local urban roads, to 40 km/hr.

Besides setting particular speed limits, other steps taken to ensure road safety include the setting up of road signs, including signs to make drivers aware of the set speed limit on a stretch, restricting plying of slow-moving vehicles on highways and measures against illegal parking. Necessary measures will be taken if the set norms are flouted.

It must be mentioned in this regard that the Supreme Court has also recently appreciated the measures taken by the Bengal Government to check road accidents, and the resultant deaths and injuries. Over the last one year, the number of road accidents has gone down by 16.06 per cent, the number of deaths due to road accidents by 13.34 per cent and the number of people injured by 12.10 per cent.

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