With a few modifications in rules and regulations, the central government has decided to rule out the requirement of speed governors for commercial vehicles. While speaking at the 58th SIAM Annual convention on Friday, The Minister for Road Transport and Highway (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari said that following an order from the Karnataka High Court, Speed governors were mandatory for all commercial vehicles since May 2017. This move by the central government for better road safety was criticized by the transport lobby.

As per the sources, no timeline regarding the termination of the mandate of speed governors has been announced by Nitin Gadkari, therefore commercial vehicles as of now will continue using the speed monitoring devices in order to have a control over the top speed of the vehicle. The change will also require the Ministry to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules abolishing speed governors entirely, sources added.

As of now, the top speed of buses and taxis has been restricted to 80 kmph, while for trucks the top speed has been restricted to 60 kmph by the speed governor. On the other hand, three-wheelers and school buses can not cross the speed limit of 40 kmph, said the minister for Road Transport and Highway (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari.

Besides this, Gadkari also revealed about making advanced driver assistance systems mandatory in the country by 2022. Regarding the safety measurements of driver and passengers, dual front airbags, ABS and reverse parking sensors have already been made compulsory by the government for the vehicles that will be manufactured and produced in 2019. Apart from this, seatbelt reminder and speed reminder with the latter beeping at 80 kmph and later when one crosses 120 kmph, will also be installed in the new vehicles.

“Electric vehicles, cars with ethanol, methanol, bio-fuel and even CNG will be exempted from all permits required for commercial vehicles, making it easier for operators to get into the market help build city transport,” Gadkari said. Gadkari also added that in the next five years he wants 15 per cent of the commercial vehicles on roads to be electric vehicles