The Madras High Court has put aside a notification of the central authorities, fixing 120 kilometers/hour because the velocity restrict for automobiles working on highways.
A division bench of Justices N Kirubakaran (since retired) and Justice TV Thamilselvi, which quashed the notification dated April 6, 2018, just lately, additionally directed the Center and the State to challenge contemporary notifications with decreased velocity restrict.
Originally, whereas passing interim orders on an enchantment on March 3 this yr, the bench elevated the compensation quantity from Rs 18.43 lakh to Rs 1.50 crore to the appellant — a dentist, who had suffered 90 per cent incapacity as a consequence of a highway accident that occurred in April 2013 in Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu.
The bench had additionally raised a set of 12 queries, the primary of which was for a path to the central authorities to rethink its 2018 notification, growing the velocity restrict to 120 kmph. The matter was posted in August for submitting compliance report.
In its report, the Center justified its motion in growing the velocity restrict. It mentioned that preserving in view the higher engine know-how and improved highway infrastructure, an knowledgeable committee was constituted to assessment the velocity limits of motor automobiles and as per its suggestions, the utmost speeds for automobiles on totally different roads had been revised by the Ministry within the April 6 2018 notification.
However, the current bench noticed that although there was a greater engine know-how and improved highway infrastructure, there was no enchancment in compliance of the highway security guidelines by the motorists.
From the report launched by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the variety of deaths going down on roads would show that extra accidents had been occurring as a consequence of rushing.
When rushing was a serious trigger for highway accidents, it’s not generally known as to how the development in highway infrastructure and engine know-how would cut back accidents. In truth, higher engine know-how would all the time be a motive for uncontrolled velocity and thereby, trigger extra accidents, the bench mentioned.