The Apex Court bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice NV Ramana issued notice as NGO Suraksha Foundation questioned the rationale for such an exemption to these passenger and commercial vehicles from installing speed governors that is a mandatory requirement under the Central Motor Vehicles (Sixth Amendment) Rules.

Seeking response from the Centre, state governments and the union territories, also sought reports on the enforcing of the provisions mandating the fitting of speed governors (speed controlling device) on notified kind of passenger and transport vehicles under the Central Motor Vehicles (Sixth Amendment) Rules. It gave them six weeks' time to file the report.

The Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, on Speed governor says the transport vehicles as may be notified by the state government a shall be fitted a with a speed governor a in such a manner that the speed governor can be sealed with an official seal a in such a way that it cannot be removed or tampered with without the seal being broken.

Challenging the notification exempting the vehicles, the petitioner said it was these very exempted vehicles that were responsible for a large number of road accidents.

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