HC cuts speed limit to 80kmph

Flagging overspeeding on highways, the Madras high court has quashed a central notification issued in 2018 that allowed increasing the speed limit of vehicles on expressways from 100km per hour to 120km per hour, and directed authorities to reduce the speed limit to 80km per hour as per an August 5, 2014, notification.

Blaming ‘overspeeding’ for most road accidents, a division bench of Justice N Kirubakaran (since retired) and Justice T V Thamilselvi refused to accept the stand taken by the Union government that the speed limit had been fixed by an expert committee considering improvement in infrastructure and better engine technology of vehicles.

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