Private automobiles and cabs can cruise at speeds of 60kmph on a lot of the Ring Road and Outer Ring Road, and 70kmph on most highways, the Delhi Traffic Police mentioned on Friday, simplifying sophisticated and infrequently complicated speed limits that diverse continuously on the identical stretch.
This is the primary important overhaul in the town’s speed limits since 2011, and comes at a time when the police have stepped up enforcement by putting in a large community of speed traps throughout the town. Speeding fines have jumped from 2.7 million in 2019 to over 8 million in 2020.
“There have been a number of changes/improvements in the road infrastructure in the city in past few years like construction of flyovers/underpasses, high speed/signal free corridors as well as improvement in vehicle technology. Further, there was a need to make speed limits uniform on Delhi roads as far as possible. Therefore, revision of the existing speed limits was felt necessary on Delhi roads,” mentioned an announcement from Meenu Choudhary, the joint commissioner of police, site visitors operations.
This year, until June 1, over 1.5 million such fines have been issued.
Largely, the Capital will proceed to stay a 50kmph zone on most important roads, whereas residential areas shall be a 30kmph zone. But the important thing modifications are in some roads which were widened or made signal-free in current years – the restrict on the Delhi-Noida hyperlink highway and the Barapullah Road, for occasion, has been raised from 50kmph to 60kmph.
Most of the Ring Road and the Outer Ring Road too shall be a 60kmph zone (besides for a couple of specified stretches which are narrower or minimize near residential areas).
For the primary time, the notification individually lays down limits for two-wheelers. People using them will largely want to stick to the identical limits as personal automobiles, however in no stretch can they exceed 60kmph (together with in stretches the place automobiles are allowed to go as much as 70kmph).
Vehicles equivalent to autorickshaws, that are used for public transport, can go as much as a most of 40kmph.
The Delhi Police additionally set a tolerance restrict of 5%, which suggests solely these doing 53kmph in a 50kmph zone will get a high quality. The new limits had been notified in the Gazette dated June 8, which was launched on Friday, placing the modifications into impact instantly.
Choudhary mentioned the choice to revise the speed limits was taken based mostly on suggestions of speed assessment committee, comprising senior transport officers, enforcement businesses, and transport and highway security consultants.
In 2011, when the final main modifications happened, the limits on some roads, equivalent to National Highway-8 (from Gurgaon Road crossing to Delhi Gurgaon Border) and the Delhi-Noida-Direct Flyway-Mayur Vihar Link Road, had been lowered from 80kmph to 70kmph. In 2017 and in 2019, minor changes had been made, however these affected solely a restricted variety of roads and never the town fully.
“The basic rule that we have followed while revising the speed limits this time is to ensure that there is a seamless and safe transfer of speed limits. For instance, the speeds on the expressways and high-speed corridors have been set at 70kmph, from there when you enter onto highways that are crossing urban areas the speed is being reduced to 60kmph and then to 50kmph on arterial city roads. The speed on internal roads has been set at 30kmph,” mentioned Sewa Ram, professor of transport planning on the School of Planning and Architecture, who’s on the speed assessment committee.
Experts mentioned commuters can now count on a extra constant speed restrict. Some of the stretches the place it will apply are among the many busiest: virtually everything of the Ring Road besides for a portion in North Delhi as nicely the a lot of the Outer Ring Road will now be in the 60kmph zone.
“Earlier, there were sections where drivers were suddenly switching from 70kmph to 50kmph as soon as they entered city roads. This sudden change in speed was dangerous,” added Ram.
The stretch from the DND flyover to the Mayur Vihar Link Road has been set at 70kmph, which can also be the restrict for NH-48 (from Parade Road to Delhi-Gurugram Border), NH-44 (from Singhu Border to Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar), NH-9 (from Millennium Park to Ghazipur Border) and the Noida Toll Road (DND).
Main roads between the Ring Road and the Outer Ring Road and different equally sized stretches shall be in the 50 kmph zone whereas flyover exit and entry loops, wherever current, shall be in a 40kmph zone.
Ram mentioned that in the previous, a number of roads had been unnoticed and the speeds had been set in silos.
Senior site visitors police officers welcomed the setting of limits for two-wheelers in Delhi. Till now, the site visitors police have been issuing tickets to dashing two-wheeler riders based mostly on the limits set for personal automobiles, however because the class was undefined, the fines lapsed when challenged in courtroom.
“We were getting many appeals in case of court challans that none of the signage mentions what is the speed limit for two-wheelers, which gave violators an excuse to not pay fines. By clearly stating the speed limits, we can now hold two-wheeler riders responsible,” a senior site visitors official mentioned on situation of anonymity.
Delhi authorities knowledge exhibits that the town had over 10 million registered vehicles, out of which 7.3 million are two-wheelers.