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Speed governors now mandatory in all taxis

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : May 22, 2017, 6:16 am IST
Updated : May 22, 2017, 6:16 am IST

The move is aimed at reducing road accidents by limiting the maximum speed of taxis and cabs at 80 kmph.

The government’s decision to limit the maximum speed covers all cabs, including the ones operated by app-based taxi hailing firms like Ola and Uber. (Representational Image)
 The government’s decision to limit the maximum speed covers all cabs, including the ones operated by app-based taxi hailing firms like Ola and Uber. (Representational Image)

New Delhi: The Delhi government has made it mandatory for city cabs to install speed governors. The decision comes after a recent notification of the Union road transport ministry which made installation of speed governors in commercial vehicles compulsory.

The move is aimed at reducing road accidents by limiting the maximum speed of taxis and cabs at 80 kmph. According to a Delhi traffic police data, 1,622 and 1,671 people were killed in 2015 and 2014, respectively, in road accidents in the city, while over 16,000 people were left injured in the two years.

The government’s decision to limit the maximum speed covers all cabs, including the ones operated by app-based taxi hailing firms like Ola and Uber. “The city transport department has made installation of speed governors in cabs and taxis mandatory following the Union transport ministry’s recent notification,” a government official said.

But taxis unions have opposed the decision and threatened to launch a stir if it is not rolled back immediately. Taxi drivers cannot afford the cost of speed governors and hence, the Union government should withdraw the notification, Rajender Soni, general secretary of Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union, said.  “A speed governor is installed at a cost of around Rs 10,000. If the decision is not withdrawn, taxi drivers will launch a series of protest,” Mr Soni said.

Tags: delhi government, ola and uber, taxis
Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi