Speed limits in India

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Speed limits in India vary by state and vehicle type. Lower limits than the ones specified can be set by local governments. All speed limits are in km/h.

State Motorcycle Light motor vehicle (cars) Medium passenger vehicle Medium goods vehicle Heavy vehicle/Articulated vehicle Vehicle pulling 1 trailer Vehicle pulling multiple trailers All other vehicles
Andhra Pradesh[1] 50 No default limit (65 for transport vehicles) 65 65 40/50 60 (50 if trailer > 800 kg) 50 30
Maharashtra[2] 50 No default limit (65 for transport vehicles) 65 65 65 50 50 50
Delhi[3] 30-70 25-50 20-40 20-40 20-40 20-40 20-40 20-40
Uttar Pradesh[4] 40 40 40 40 20-40 20-40 20-40
Haryana[5] 30/50 50 40/65 40/65 30/40 35/60 40/60 20/30
Karnataka 50 No limit (60 for cars in Bangalore except in Airport road where it is 80)[6] (65 for transport vehicles) 60 (KSRTC) 60 60 40/60 40/60
Punjab[7] 35/50 50/70/80 45/50/65 30
Tamil Nadu 50 65
Kerala[8] 50 (City)/60 (2-lane highway)/70 (4-lane highway) 50 (City)/85 (2-lane highway)/90 (4-lane highway)

In 2007, a law was proposed to set a nationwide 100 km/h speed limit for cars and 65 km/h for motorcycles, but not implemented.[9]

It is common to see speeds of 100–120 km/h on expressways, of which there are very few in India, the most notable being the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Motorcycles are not allowed to use expressways. The speed limit on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway,Delhi-Agra Highway, Delhi- Jaipur Highway, Delhi-Chandigard Highway is 80 km/h. Bangalore's Airport expressway, opening in 2008, will have a design speed of 130 km/h.[10]

Speed-limit enforcement in India is almost non-existent, although recently highway police have begun to use automated instruments which capture the speed and mail the fine to the car's owner. Failure to pay may result in doubling of the fine, cancellation of the driving license and even arrest. Police are now also using wireless PDAs to identify a driver's or vehicle's history. 85th percentile speed is adopted for safe speed limit at zone. 98th is for highway geometric design. 15th percentile speed is used as minimum speed on major highways.

The recently constructed Outer Ring Road in Hyderabad is designed for speeds up to 120 km/h. However few vehicles can reach speeds of well over 160 km/h, making it one of the fastest expressways in Asia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Table of Maximum Speed Limit at a Glance". Aptransport.org. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Motor Vehicles Department ( R.T.O.) , Maharashtra". Mahatranscom.in. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  3. ^ "Delhi Traffic Police, New Delhi (India) - Fire Accident, Emergency Services in Delhi, Delhi Police, Fire Tenders". Delhitrafficpolice.nic.in. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  4. ^ "Uttar Pradesh Transport Department". Uptransport.org. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  5. ^ "Avoidance of Over Speeding". Hartrans.gov.in. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Punjab Govt Gaz. October 19, 2007 : Department of Transport". Prbdb.gov.in. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  8. ^ "MVDKerala - Notification on Speed Limits". Keralamvd.gov.in. 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  9. ^ "Road speed limits may be upped". In.rediff.com. 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  10. ^ [2][dead link]