Guwahati: Assam government was likely to reduce the speed limit on the state roads and highways soon. Hinting at it, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said that the state cabinet would take a call on limiting the vehicle speed within a week.
Sarma said, “With pillions wearing helmets now, accidents in the state have gone down drastically. The numbers of accident deaths have reduced upto 21 % in the state after the transport department made double helmet mandatory in the state while riding a two wheeler. Now we want to set speed limit to reduce more accidents on highways.”
He added that the state Cabinet would shortly fix the speed limits on the state and national highways across Assam.
“We are likely to take a call on it in the next Cabinet meeting within two-three days. State government seeks people’s support and cooperation to success in the effort to make our highways safer for all. You may reach your destination a bit late but it’s still better as long as you are alive,” Sarma added.
He also informed that state transport department has brought 12 high tech interceptor vehicles to measure any speed limit violation on the roads. These vehicles will catch any vehicle violating speed limit from a distant of one kilometer, the CM informed.
Earlier in February this year too, state cabinet meeting had decided to fix speed limit to maximum 100 km per hour in the state roads.
As per the decision, only the non transport motor vehicles can ply at a speed of 100 km/ hour while on 4 lane roads. However, they have to reduce the speed to 70 km/ hour on other roads and further to 60km/hour while on roads within municipal limit.
Similarly, the speed for transport vehicles (with 8 passengers) was restricted to 80 km/ hour while on 4 lane roads, 60km/hour on other roads and 50km/hour on municipal roads. Besides, speed limit was set for other passenger vehicles and goods carrying vehicles in the state too.
The cabinet had decided that two wheelers will be allowed to travel at a speed of maximum 60km/hour on 4 lane roads. On other roads and roads within municipal limits, the motorcycles were allowed to run at 50km/hour.