As an auto enthusiast, nothing gives me greater pleasure than to drive my cars on a good stretch of road, enjoying the power and the dynamic control . The thrill of driving a Linea on an expressway at 120kph or on a winding ghat road has to be experienced , it cannot be described. Or the absolutely silent smooth running of my Micra CVT at 80 kph, requiring only 1.7K RPM. But we have to awaken to realities .
I am sure that you would agree this scene repeats itself all over India on a daily basis. This 9 minute video is a snapshot of the sheer recklessness of the Indian driving mindset. No amount of traffic rule or policing would change the will of the driver to commit rash acts. The only way to do this is to implement a strong deterrent in the form of hard-wired control on speed.
We need to have speed limits on all vehicles registered in India , right from scooters to 18 wheel container trucks and everything in between.
For all two wheelers upto 150cc, the limits should be 60kph. For 150cc and above, 80 kph.
For all commercial vehicles cargo/passenger, the speed limit should be 60kph.
For private cars its should be as follows
1) upto 800cc, its should be 60kph,
2) 800cc up to 1000cc -80kph
3) 1000cc to 1200cc - 100kph
4) Above 1200cc, 120 kph.
In addition, there should be weight-related parameters applied. Cars which have a kerb weight of greater than 1200kg will be restricted to 100kph. Those with kerb weight of greater than 1500kg and passenger capacity of more than 5 seats, will be restricted to 80kph.
This brings 75% of cars in the market restricted to speeds of 100kph. Most of these cars in any case do not conform to international safety standards with respect to crash safety.
The only exception to these must be emergency vehicles such as police, fire , ambulance and of course, Military.
Any tampering/bypassing of speed control systems should result in impounding of the vehicle and fine/imprisonment/revoking of driving license..
For the next 10 years, until our road infrastructure improves, vehicle safety standards are rigorously implemented , and data collection of vehicles in terms of registration, driving violations etc are effectively in place, these hard-limits must be expressly enforced.
They can then by lifted on a streamlined basis afterwards.
I know most people will think its a crazy idea , but at least it will curb some of the accidents.