Friday, June 29, 2007

Taxis to go off roads from July 1

Taxis to go off roads from July 1

Bangalore: Children going by school buses and those who commute by taxis will have to look for alternative modes of transport from July 1. Reason: Thousands of commercial vehicles including luxury taxis, lorries, schoolbuses (vehicles which schools hire) and maxicabs will be off the roads.
The Bangalore Tourist Taxi Owners’ Association has decided to go on an indefinite strike from July 1 to protest the state government’s move to make it mandatory for commercial vehicles to install speed governors.
The state government has set July 1 as deadline for installing the equipment. Further, the government has said no yellow-board vehicle be registered without speed governors starting July. And RTOs across the state will halt the registration process of new vehicles and issuing fitness certificate to old ones. The department has authorised several agencies to supply the kit. The kit costs Rs 15,000. Those vehicles found without the unit would be fined Rs 10,000.
Members of the various heavy motor vehicles’ associations are not happy with the initiative. They contend that it should be uniform throughout the country. “By making only Karnataka vehicles comply with this rule, it will prove disadvantageous to us in the long run. The tourist taxi segment feels that by clamping speed, tourists will feel handicapped travelling in these vehicles,’’ said K S Thantry, president of the association.
The move is to reduce the number of increasing accidents on the roads of Karnataka. Here, the unit will not allow vehicles to speed beyond 65 kmph at any stage.
Taxis, at airport and railway station Call centre vehicles Schoolbuses
What is a speed governor?
A small device which clamps the speed of the vehicles and restricts the speed to 65 kmph
Cost: Rs 15,000 to Rs 18,000


At Friday, June 29, 2007 at 8:05:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm, I didn't know that you could drive faster than 65 Kmph on Bangalore roads :-)

At Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 3:05:00 PM GMT+5:30, Blogger Sumant Sarkar said...

the strike has been called off after authorities agreed to postpone the enforcement of the device.

At Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 11:38:00 AM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is definately a worthwhile move to make - however, reduce the speed very much more with the use of the governor, as rash driving is more among Taxis and Autos also.

At Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 12:40:00 PM GMT+5:30, Blogger Kirthivasan said...

This is one more U turn from Karnataka Government on important issues like implementation of Speed Governors. 80% of the fatalities in Accident occur due to over speed and it is proved in western countries that by adopting maximum speed limit loss of life in road accidents can me minimized. Government is least bothered about human lives being lost due to negligent and irresponsible driving. Hope people of this state will take serious note of this announcement from government to delay implementation of Speed Governors


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