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View Poll Results: Is it a good move by the Govt to introduce speed governors?
Yes, its about time they did this. Brilliant move. 31 83.78%
No, its just a waste of time. 5 13.51%
65kmph speed limit can be fatal if followed on highways. 8 21.62%
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Old 29th June 2007, 11:58   #1
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Default Speed governors in taxis, cabbies, lorries etc. Is it a good move?

Karnataka Govt has introduced speed governors to arrest overspeeding taxis, call centre cabs, trucks, lorries, buses (hired by schools) etc. Their aim is to reduce accident rates. Is this a good move?

Also, Govt's call is that no yellow board vehicle can be registered without the use of these speed governors. Last date to comply with this rule is July 1st. All the above mentioned vehicle owners are going on an indefinite strike to oppose the move since its being introduced only in Karnataka and not Rest Of India. Kit costs Rs 15,000 and fines for not running this equipment will be Rs 10,000.

Well the question to begin with is:

1. Is this a good move?
2. Will the speed limits be applicable to highway driving too?
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Old 29th June 2007, 12:00   #2
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1. What is the speed they will be limited too?
2. What hi-tech governor are they installing that costs Rs.15,000!!! that's way to much!

On the surface, it seems like a good move. However lets get some more details as to how they plan to implement it and see after that.

BTW, speed is relative. They can be equally reckless even at 40kmph.

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Old 29th June 2007, 12:01   #3
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I think its a good move, but it can get a bit slow on the highways..within city limits, brilliant move!
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Well in a way good move but in a way bad. Even with the speed governors you cant really expect these guys to be following lane discipline. So imagine 3 yellow board vehicles in front of you taking up all the lanes all going at 65kmph. How do you plan to pass them? Stay behind till one of them gives way?

It will reduce the average speed of the traffic big time. It's already bad.
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1. What is the speed they will be limited too?
2. What hi-tech governor are they installing that costs Rs.15,000!!! that's way to much!
Speed limited to 65kmph. Don't know if this will be applicable on the highways too. News for the moment is just that Govt has authorized several agencies to supply the kit. No further details available at the minute.
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Old 29th June 2007, 12:12   #6
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very good move yaar. i wonder when will WB govt implement this rule in Kolkata and Suburbs?

65KPH max on the highway is good provided they stick to the left lane (not talking about a single lane one). but Rtech's point has some weight.
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Old 29th June 2007, 12:19   #7
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I believe this is an excellent step.

Yep the pricing of kit is on the higher side but remember this is Govt. They know aam janta is going to oppose them...so at first they will price heavily and then to satisfy 'aam janta' post agitation, they'll reduce the prices to the actual/affordable level. Janta happy, Govt happy.....
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Old 29th June 2007, 12:22   #8
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Anything that the auto / taxi unions oppose can only be a good thing for us! Hope this makes the outer ring road less of a hazard in the evenings
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Old 29th June 2007, 12:31   #9
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In fact, this speed governors has been tried by few call centers here in Delhi/NCR, when employees started complaining about the speed, driving style etc of cabs. But it didn't work. Drivers found out the way how to get rid of this. So Govn should not only implement this all over India but they should also keep a close check on these vechicles otherwise its not going to make much difference.
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Old 29th June 2007, 12:32   #10
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I completely agree with Vid6639, my suggestion is Govt should think of teaching them to follow the lane discipline and good driving skills and am sure there would be significant redcution in the number of accidents
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Old 29th June 2007, 12:50   #11
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With gadgets like these.. playing around with the system isnt that easy... the government should look for systems like these which can not be easily tampered with.

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This will be yet another excuse for the cops to make some money. If the political will is there to stop accidents it can be done without any gadget. Also, I don't think speed alone kills. It is the insensitive and stupid driving that kills. An insensitive driver can kill people even at 40 kmph.
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Do the inter state shunting Volvo's also become victims here??
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Probably a waste of time. Instead, commercial vehicle license applicants can be given a 10 day course on defensive driving techniques & the importance of road sense & safety hammered into their thick skulls.

MCL, i think you need to change the poll to a single option poll. i just voted for all three.

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Karnataka Govt has introduced speed governors to arrest overspeeding taxis, call centre cabs, trucks, lorries, buses (hired by schools) etc. Their aim is to reduce accident rates. Is this a good move?
I think 65 kmph limit is fine for cities, but bad for highways. I definitely would not take a taxi or bus, say, from Bangalore to Mysore, if the speed limiters are in place. I would prefer an express train doing 100+ kmph.

I agree with the point made by vid6639. Slowing down the traffic is undesirable from several points of view. And on highways I don't think optimum fuel economy is attained at 65 kmph; probably 80-90 would be better. Plus my recollection is that at least Indicas require higher speeds than 65 kmph to hit fifth gear.
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