Speed limits around city to be lowered
The Chandigarh Police has mooted a proposal by the Engineering Department to reduce the speed limits of motorized vehicles all around the city.
As per the proposal, the speed, especially at a distance of a 100 meters from the roundabout, needs to be further reduced to make the roads cyclist- and pedestrian-friendly.
In the proposal, Superintendent of Police (SP) Traffic, Maneesh Chaudhary has stated that the speed limit to be reduced by 5 kilometres per hour in every category.
"If we compare the speed limits of vehicles in Chandigarh, to that of the speed limits of vehicles in the other metropolitan cities, ours is much higher. It is a small city when we compare it to the other metros," said SP Maneesh Chaudhary.
Talking to Newsline, he also said that there were many more changes which have been suggested to the Engineering Department to make the city safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
"People usually do not follow the permissible driving limits. It has now become necessary to make infrastructural changes to make the roads safe," added the SP.
The UT Finance Secretary, VK Singh said, "These proposals are subject to technical verification. If after verification, these prove to be beneficial, the proposals will be implemented but it may take some time".
A few months ago, another proposal was moved by the UT Police Department to rationalize the fines of traffic offences as per the Motor Vehicles Act.
The proposal to hike the fine amount of some of the traffic offences to the maximum (as proposed in the Motor Vehicle Act) was suggested to curb traffic violations, such as rash behavior, over-speeding and talking on the phone, which are the major causes of accidents in the city.
As per the proposal, the fine of over speeding challans will be increased from the current Rs 700 to 1,000.
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