Speed limit in India for Self-Drive Cars and Commercial Vehicles
The Indian drivers do not stop cribbing about the illogical speed limits on Indian highways. They are right on their part when they say that if they have open expressways in front of them, why can’t they drive freely on them? Driving a car at a restricted speed gives just one benefit that the driver can keep the car under control in case of an emergency, which can also be attained by the contribution of several other factors. Here we will discuss several downsides of Driving Speed Limits in India that are a source of pain for the drivers and many others.
The car sellers
Don’t you feel cheated when you think of car sellers who sell their cars that can reach a speed of 250–300 kmph, but you are not allowed to take the car beyond 100 kmph? Why doesn’t the Indian government ask the car sellers to manufacture cars that cannot go beyond a speed of 100 kmph? By implementing the restrictions on car manufacturer companies, the government can pull back the additional traffic police on the roads and assign them any other productive task than catching harmless drivers. It is easier to impose restrictions on the common man than work on the other aspects that contribute to road accidents. The present rules of selling the cars are like keeping a delicious pizza in front of you, but taking it away when you try to eat it; implying that they tempt you with amazing cars, but do not let you drive them properly.
Factors leading to road mishaps
Only over-speeding vehicles are not responsible for road accidents; several other elements of roads are also responsible for the same. However, no one among the respective authorities seem to be interested in talking about these issues. For instance, driving license given to incompetent drivers in India, pot holes on the national and state highways all around the country, cattle on the roads, unscientifically constructed speed breakers, not taking care of vehicle fitness, insufficient road sense, illegal load carrying vehicles, improper lane changing, racing cars, etc. are just some of the factors that lead to fatal accidents on the highways.
Working on all these factors needs a lot of time, money, and effort on the part of government and people, which is really tough. Therefore, the establishments find it easy to slow down the drivers rather than working on the fitting logics.
The idea of toll tax
What is the use of paying hefty toll taxes for clean and smooth roads when you cannot enjoy driving on them? We have to wait in the never-ending queues of toll tax booths on almost every National Highway and pay a heavy amount of toll taxes. Nowadays, the scenario is such that when we take Self-Drive Cars Hyderabad or any other city, in addition to paying the daily rental of the car, we have to make a budget for toll taxes in addition to fuel. Moreover, we cannot even compensate for the time wasted in the queues by driving at our will on the highway. Why should we yield the toll tax, if we cannot benefit from the road that was built for us? Even if the entire road is empty in the front and back of your car, you have to abide by the speed limit of 100 kmph.
The impact on car health because of slow speed
We live in a fast-moving age and slowing down the vehicles is not really a good idea for the overall health of the car. Imagine that you have to drive your car at a maximum speed of 100 kmph and you need to drive for 300 kilometers in a day; now you may be driving at the capped speed for the most of your journey, and the speed can be achieved in the fourth gear itself. But if you put on the 5th gear, you can cross the threshold of 100 kmph easily and without even realizing. Additionally, it is good for the fitness of a vehicle to shift the gears frequently as the car remains acclimatized to run at different speeds. Moreover, you have to keep a vigilant eye on the speedometer to keep your car’s speed under control so that you do not have to pay the penalty to the car rental company as well as the cops, which is very annoying as well as risky.
Only a speeding car is not the reason for an accident; when drivers know when they should speed up and slow down, they can use their judgment to do so. Even when all the conditions are perfect on the road, weather becomes the culprit for mishaps on the road. Fog in winters, rain in monsoons, and dark at night are the additional factors related to weather that adds to the risk of driving. Restricting the cars only for the speed limit rather than working towards other factors gives an impression of turning a blind eye to the main problem, just like we do with the other social evils of India. Imagine if we do not fix the potholes and they increase in number over the next few years, should we decrease the speed limit to 20 kmph? If the entire country moves at a snail-pace, can we guarantee no accidents at all? Of course not.
How slowing down affects the non-drivers?
The other thing that concerns the drivers about limiting the car speed is the impact of slow moving vehicles on the economy. Even if a person does not drive, the slow-moving vehicles affect them. For instance, a private bus that has to cover a journey of 9–10 hours in a day at a speed of 50–60 kmph can take only two trips in a day and hence, fixes its price of tickets accordingly. On the other hand, if the buses are allowed to move at a higher speed, they can save time and take at least one more trip in a day and lower their ticket prices. All in all, it is the consumer who benefits from the lower price of the tickets.
Take another instance, goods carrying vehicles can drive at a speed of 40–60 kmph in India in addition to the restrictions of time zones. So they charge heavy transportation charges, which are stomached by the consumer in the end. If the truck drivers are allowed to speed up their vehicles while plying with the rules of the road, they can transport their goods quickly and hence help in bringing down their cost.
If you are a passenger in the car, it affects you when your driver is tired sooner than he should. You must have heard your husband, friend, father, sister, or anyone else complaining about driving in stop-start traffic. In addition to continuous breaking and accelerating, they get tired because of slow moving traffic as well. When the roads are clean, the driver of the vehicle feels fresh and drives in an efficient manner. On the other hand, a tired driver driving the car raises the probability of an accident.
Should the government remove the driving speed limit?
We are not advocating that the government should eliminate the speed limit on driving; rather they should consider the additional aspects of the road and pay attention towards correcting them. Even the developed countries follow the speed limits, which are much higher than those in India. However, their speed limits are set in accompaniment of other rules; the driving license is not easy to procure, strict tenets of vehicle health, public awareness, etc. The developed nations also set up different speed limits for different roads considering their condition of driving.
On the other hand, in India, we have several cars that do not pass the safety tests, but they are still allowed to ply on the roads of the country. When the government should ban such cars, the companies find it easy to bribe the authorities and let their cars run on roads without any regard for the safety of the people.
In a nutshell, I do not find it wise to keep poking the common man for no reason when the authorities are not competent enough to make the roads safer for us than they are now at present. Rather than imposing arbitrary rules on people, they need to work towards improving the bigger picture.