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Delhi High Court Orders Exemption of Speed Governors for G20 Summit Taxis
The Delhi High Court has ordered the Delhi Government not to enforce the demand that speed governors be installed in high-end cars used as taxis for visitors to the G20 conference in the national capital in August and September.
An organization recognized by the Union Ministry of Tourism that offers transportation services to both domestic and international visitors, the Indian Tourist Transporters Association, received relief from a division bench made up of Justice Manmohan and Justice Saurabh Banerjee.
The bench asked the Association to give an affidavit or assurance saying that the cars are intended for the G-20 summit and directed the Delhi Government to register the vehicles listed in the tender papers released by the Ministry of External Affairs.
Arguments Presented on Vehicle Accessibility and Exemption of Speed Governors for G20 Summit
In accordance with the counsel’s argument, the cars must be made accessible to the authorities six to eight weeks before the G20 Summit in accordance with the tender’s conditions. The attorney also brought up a letter the Union of India had earlier sent out in December 2017 that exempted specific vehicle classifications from the requirement to have speed governors installed.
The lawyer for the Delhi Government countered that even if speed governors are not readily available on the market, the petitioner Association might be asked to install an “Intelligence Transport System” to regulate the speed of the vehicles.
Taking note of the argument, the court stated its first believe that it is irrational and unfeasible to demand that automobiles be fitted with speed governors when such devices are not readily accessible on the market. The court further emphasized that other governments, such as the neighboring state of Haryana, have relaxed this requirement since speed governors aren’t readily available.
The court said that numerous other governments, including the neighboring state of Haryana, have renounced this need since speed governors were not readily available, as was underlined by the petitioner’s attorney.
The court added, “Considering the urgency and special circumstances of the case, respondent No.3 is instructed to register the vehicles mentioned in the Ministry of External Affairs’ tender documents, even if the installation of speed governors on the vehicles is not necessary, provided that the petitioner provides an affidavit or undertaking confirming that the vehicles are being purchased for the G-20 summit.”