HC upholds directive on speed governors

HC upholds directive on speed governors

The Karnataka High Court has upheld the Transport department’s directive for using speed governors, a device to limit the speed of a vehicle, and its quality certification from the department.

A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice S K Mukherjee and Justice B V Nagarathna on Monday dismissed a petition by the Mysuru Road Transporters Association, which had sought time till March 2016 for installing speed governors. The bench directed the petitioners to approach the Transport department in case of unavailability of speed governors.

“The State government has given permission to procure speed governors from two companies, who can produce only 6,000 speed governors a year, whereas there are six lakh transport vehicles in the State. Owners of as many as 200 vehicles are coming forward for getting speed governors installed daily, due to which there is acute shortage of this device,” the petitioners stated. The counsel for the Transport department rejected the argument of the petitioners saying that there are enough speed governors available and if the transporters are finding any difficulty, they can approach the department. If the transporters start installing the speed governors, by March 31, 2016, all vehicles will have the device. Further, they can get certificates from the department, the lawyer said.

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