Uneven speed limits catch motorists unaware

In several places in city, the speed limit varies within a short distance leaving the motorists baffled.

By   |  Published: 5th Aug 2017  12:05 amUpdated: 5th Aug 2017  10:08 pm
Hyderabad Traffic police assure commuters minimum inconvenience despite VVIP movement. Photo: Hrudayanand

Hyderabad: A Vinay, a private employee shuttles across Nallakunta to his workplace at Ameerpet via Secretariat. But he is literally flummoxed, noticing three different speed limit boards within a distance of hardly about 200 metres.

At the Secretariat entry, the speed limit is 20 kmph and then towards the Secretariat main road, the speed limit is confined to 30 kmph. And then, a few paces down, it again says 20 kmph.

It is not just Secretariat alone. There are several other places, where the speed limit varies within a short distance, leaving many motorists confused.

“It is tough to maintain the specified speed limits. Given the traffic scenario in the city, it is difficult to adhere to these norms and if violated, challans are levied,” says A Vinay.

Apart from specific zones like education institutes, hospitals etc., there has to be uniform speed limit across the city.

In fact, in New Delhi, the speed limit remains 50 kmph. Motorists are informed about the speed limit through signages, boards etc., even before they enter the city. This has helped a lot in traffic flow and curbing accidents, explains T S Reddy, a former scientist with Central Road Research Institute.

In most cities world over, the speed limit is 50 kmph and one cannot drive faster than these speeds during day hours. The speed may increase during nights due to lesser traffic, he says.

“There has to be a broad policy about the uniform speed limit in the city. After notifying the same, speed cameras have to be installed at strategic locations to punish the offenders,” says Reddy.

However, city traffic police authorities say the speed limits are finalised based on different parameters like road carriageway, road conditions, traffic flow etc.

At places like Secretariat, there is heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic flow, hence the speed limit is 20 to 30 kmph. Likewise, at hospitals and schools, the speed limit varies. Uniform speed limit cannot be imposed at all places, says Joint Commissioner Traffic V Ravinder.

However, despite poor traffic movement and road conditions in the city, the average traffic speed of Hyderabad happens to be much higher than other metro cities in the country.

According to a study conducted by Ola, an app-based transport organisation, in six cities like Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune and Kolkata, the average traffic speed during peak hours (9 am to 12 noon) is 22.7 kmph. Among all these cities, Hyderabad records 27.1 kmph.

The study was conducted on different parameters, including traffic congestion, traffic bottlenecks etc.