The Maharashtra government has imposed all the taxi services with a speed governor, which will limit their speed upto 80 kmph.
Apart from kaali-peeli taxis, even app-based cab service, small tempos and pick up vans which weigh less than 3,500 kg are under compulsion to install speed governors. The state government has ordered this speed limit was based on May 1 notification by the Centre. The central government notification says that speed governors should be installed in all four-wheelers with yellow plates.
“The Union government took this decision under pressure from manufactures of speed governors. The BJP government uses the slogan — sabaka ka sath sabka vikas, but it seems that the government has taken this decision only for the progress of speed governor manufacturers”, the leader of Mumbai Taximen’s Union, AL Quadros told Hindustan Times.
RTO officials are saying that if the taxi and tempos do not install speed governors, they won’t get renewed fitness certificates. The state transport commissioner’s office on Thursday issued a circular to RTOs directing them not to give clearances to any taxi undergoing the annual fitness test unless it has installed a speed governor. Around 350 kaali peeli taxis were turned away on Thursday because the required equipment were not installed.
According to a Hindustan Times report, the central government had speed governors mandatory, in August 2015, for heavy vehicles but exempted police vehicles, fire tenders, ambulances, two wheelers, three wheelers and four wheelers weighing less than 3,500kg. But the government now have modified the rule, and made speed governors compulsory for four-wheeler with yellow number plates that can accommodate up to eight people and for goods vehicles that weigh less than 3,500 kg.