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State Government to write to Centre on the issue

It wants installation of speed governors to be made optional

BANGALORE: The State Government has decided to write to the Centre urging it to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Act and Rules and make the installation of speed governors optional.

The Government has urged the Centre to amend the Act following the Karnataka High Court directive to the State Government and the Transport Department not to register new public (transport) vehicles unless they are fitted with speed governors.

The court also gave three months’ time for owners of public transport to fit speed governors on all old vehicles, which have already been registered.

On strike

Lorry operators in the State have joined the nationwide strike called by the All-India Motor Transport Congress from Tuesday midnight to highlight their demands, which include making the fitting of speed governors optional, a review and roll-back of the increase in highway toll and rationalisation of the high duty on diesel.

KSRTC gesture

Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, Minister for Transport R. Ashok said that in order to avoid inconvenience caused to the public by the strike by lorry operators, Karnataka State Transport Corporation officials had been instructed to remove two seats at the back of buses and allow passengers to carry goods inside the bus.

Meeting held

Officials of the Transport Department on Thursday held a meeting and discussed the implications of the strike by lorry operators. Mr. Ashok said the Union Government had to take a decision on speed governors.

Installation of speed governors cannot be made mandatory in Karnataka only, he said and called upon the lorry operators to withdraw the strike in the public interest.

Discussions planned

The department would hold discussions with the Law Department to find a solution.

So far, the Delhi and Kerala governments had issued orders making the installation of speed governors mandatory, the Transport Minister said.