Slow moving vehicles such as motorcycles, scooters, three-wheelers and tractors are not allowed to ply on the newly-opened stretch of the Delhi-Mumbai expressway, the NHAI has said in a notification citing safety reasons.
Though the rules specify that such vehicles are not allowed on any expressway and access-controlled highway stretches, this notification is a legal formality for the highway authority.
Officials said similar notifications have been issued for Delhi-Meerut and Eastern Peripheral expressways as well and also admitted that stopping the entry of such vehicles has been a big challenge for them until there is strict enforcement of the rule by the local police.
The NHAI notification said, “The movement of high speed vehicles may pose risk to the safety of certain classes of comparatively slow moving vehicles such as two-wheelers, three-wheelers and other slow moving vehicles like non-motorised vehicles, agricultural tractors (with or without trailers) due to their vulnerability and associated speed differentials and compromise the road safety aspects.”
The NHAI said the expressway has been developed as a high-speed corridor and the maximum speed limits for vehicles of various categories has been notified, varying between 80 kmph to 120 kmph.