NHAI considers increased fine on vehicles banned on Delhi-Meerut Expressway

NHAI is currently considering increased fines against vehicles violating traffic rules on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway. The expressway does not allow two wheelers, three wheelers or other slow moving vehicles.

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HT Auto Desk

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01 Aug 2022, 10:49 AM

Slow-moving vehicles other than two-wheelers and three-wheelers are not allowed on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway.  (Hindustan Times)
Slow-moving vehicles other than two-wheelers and three-wheelers are not allowed on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway. (Hindustan Times)

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is planning to make the Delhi-Meerut Expressway (DME) safer by increasing fines on banned vehicles. The expressway does not allow two wheelers and three wheelers to ply. The NHAI, along with local authorities, is planning to increase the traffic fine by 20 times in an effort to stop two-wheelers and three-wheelers among other restricted vehicles to stay off the expressway. DME is still fined for violating this traffic rule 1,000.

The last 60-km stretch of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, which connects Ghaziabad to Delhi at the Akshardham Temple, is one of the busiest sections of the road. People traveling between these two places often take the help of expressways to avoid traffic jams. While the service lanes allow smaller and slower vehicles, the main part of the expressway is off limits for scooters and bikes. The speed limit of vehicles on the main road from Ghazipur intersection towards Meerut is 100 kmph.

Two wheelers and three wheelers are often seen flouting traffic rules and plying on the stretch close to Delhi-NCR. There have been some fatal accidents on this section of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway in the recent past. Last week, an 18-year-old girl along with two others died when an unidentified vehicle rammed a two-wheeler. The incident has once again raised questions on the poor implementation of traffic rules on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway.

NHAI and local police officials think it is increasing fines 1,000 currently 20,000 will help to keep two wheelers and three wheelers away from DME. A final decision on the increased fine is expected before the second week of this month. The new rule will be implemented soon.

The Delhi-Meerut Expressway was opened to the public on April 1 this year, three years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated it in May 2018. This project has been developed at a cost of ________. 8,346 crore, the Delhi-Meerut Expressway has promised to reduce the distance between the two cities from about two hours to just 45 minutes.

First published date: 01 Aug 2022, 10:49 AM IST

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