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Old 14th October 2021, 14:09   #91
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Default Re: Gadkari wants to increase speed limits on expressways to 140 kmph, Bill soon

Guess we have to repeat
"Speed limit is the Maximum limit, not the minimum limit ".
"Expressways does not mean all roads with tar/bitumen".
before commenting. For crying out loud, we only have 7 declared expressways and a handfull of stretches declared as expressways.

I am from Chennai and travel a lot in the Chennai-Madurai(AH38)-Kanyakumari(NH7) highway, the Chennai-Bangalore(NH46/48) highway, the Chennai-Vizag-Calcutta(NH5/16). There are vast swathes of road one can ATTAIN these speeds quite easily. But again, these may not even be expressways ( probably apart from NH48 ). The point is, we are already doing this and the legislation is actually behind!

All said and done, these are just going to be numbers as no one really cares about the legal speed limits on the HIGHWAYS. People pick the speed with which they are comfortable and amble along. It is not as if anyone cares much for the current 100Kph speed limit even now.
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Old 14th October 2021, 14:32   #92
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Faster freight movement is the prime justification all the fancy infrastructure we have been witnessing in the last 2 decades. If freight cannot do 120, there is no point in setting speed limits as 140. Mixing 80 and 140 would be a very bad idea.

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I do not know where you live, but all the highways around me are still the same, infact they have gotten worse over years
2 or 3 decades back we used to gawk at cross country trips, now we do for overland trips. There are regular folk who do Rajasthan trips from Bangalore these days. That's how much things have changed. And these don't happen with worser roads over the years.
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I agree with those who have voiced against the bill !!

To Gadkari Sab - please read below why we hate the proposal

1. In India, we have zero road accidents since we have a 80 kmph limit. We are scared we may now see few accidents with the new and massively increased speed limits.

2. We are such a law abiding nation, so even those who bribed the way to getting DL will very strictly follow the rule of 140 kmph. Please don't force us to travel at such high speeds.

3. We are a group who keeps our brains at home while driving & don't know the limits of man, machine or environment - so, please don't make it difficult to 'think' & take decisions on the move.

4. We very well know the current speed limits are already high, but will most of the time maintain speeds a little more than that just for the fun & sake of cribbing that limits are lower, our cars are faster too.

5. Please stop creating expressways in the country as half of us don't know the improvements made in the infrastructure space. Neither we have ever seen an expressway in our life. We are happy to circle in 20 kmph speed inside the city. Those who want to travel fast between intercity / inter state, let them use railway or air travel.

6. Finally, we want to shout to the world that we are a 3rd world country and want to remain so. Your efforts are against our principles.

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Faster freight movement is the prime justification all the fancy infrastructure we have been witnessing in the last 2 decades. If freight cannot do 120, there is no point in setting speed limits as 140. Mixing 80 and 140 would be a very bad idea.
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In most countries, freight vehicles are restricted to speeds below 120 kph. I really dont see a case for making such a big leeway. Do we have a rigorous process of checking how trucks are loaded ? Heck, I see large trucks struggling up a fairly modest continuous incline near Baner/ Pashan on the Pune-BLR bypass.
Speed limits of 100 kph are NOT the impediment to faster traffic across states. It is the huge variety of vehicles which access the highways, from cycles to tractors to 16-wheelers, and drivers who drive these vehicles without proper licensing scrutiny and with blatant disregard for regulations, or basic maintenance, that are the problem.

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In most countries, freight vehicles are restricted to speeds below 120 kph.
Yes. In Italy, trucks are restricted to 110 and cars to 130. And trucks really do 110.

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Do we have a rigorous process of checking how trucks are loaded ?
That's really the point. We have freight that hardly do 60-80 on regular roads, leave aside inclines.

I am not including miscellaneous traffic here, as this specific thread is only talking about access controlled expressways. That's for the 120 on highways thread.
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