MTC Buses To Have Speed Limits

Busses of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) have for long been menaces on the roads of Chennai, often speeding, and paying scant respect to other road users. I’ve seen quite a few busses cruise at dangerous speeds down beach road in a bid to reach their destination faster. This is especially true during the ‘off peak’ hours. In a bid to control this Metropolitan Transport Corporation has decided to impose a speed limit on busses.

“We can fix at the speed at 40 kmph but drivers will not be able to tackle flyovers. So we arrived at 50 kph and if there is no problem, stoppers will be attached to the entire fleet,” said a senior official


The Corporation also said it would suspend speeding drivers. But I don’t understand why 50Kmph is chosen as the speed limit, when it is 40Kmph for all vehicles including buses set by the Chennai City Traffic Police, but this limit is seldom enforced. It would be better if both these bodies choose the same speed limit, rather than conflicting ones. this nevertheless is a good move on the part of the MTC, which will go a long way in making Chennai’s roads safer.

4 Comments so far

  1. tamilpaiyyan (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 8:57 am

    40 km la bus kootama irundha flyover mela yeradhu…

  2. Anand (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 9:44 am

    Best thing is to do something like in the movie Speed. Attach a bomb under the driver’s seat set to go off once the bus hits 50! :p

  3. sln (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 12:04 pm

    Its a welcome thing but speed alone is not responsible for many of MTC accidents. IMHO, proper training (incl stress management) and strict punishment even for minor infractions would help even more.


  4. Varun (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 1:54 pm

    Its a good move. MTC bus drivers are the first one to cross a redlight signal. Hopefully, MTC will do something about that too.

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