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Driving Speed

National Maximum Speed Limit for a Light Motor Vehicle & a Transport Vehicle is 65 Km/Hr.

Overview
Vehicles on the roads are allowed to ply under a ceiling of Speed Limit also called the maximum speed limit. Driving speed are fixed by the Central Government, the authorised body. It has fixed Maximum Speed Limits for different classes of vehicles at a national level. The State Governments have been authorised to fix the Minimum & /or Maximum Speed Limits provided that such maximum speed shall in no case exceed the maximum fixed for any motor vehicle or class or description of motor vehicles by Central Government by notification in the Official Gazette.

There is a variation in the Speed Limits for different kinds of vehicles in the states of India.

Motor Vehicle Act'88
No person shall drive a motor vehicle or cause or allow a motor vehicle to be driven in any public place at a speed exceeding the maximum speed or below the minimum speed fixed for the vehicle under the Act or by any other law for the time being in force.
Here we will discuss only the speed limit fixed by the Central Government at a national level. The following table will guide you to check the speed of your vehicle:

Class of Motor Vehicle
For all classes of Motor vehicles (including trailers, if any) the wheels are fitted with pneumatic tyres
National Maximum Speed Limit Km/Hr
Vehicle without a Trailer
Light Motor Vehicle other than a Transport Vehicle No speed limit
Light Motor Vehicle & a Transport Vehicle 65
Motor Cycle 50
Medium or Heavy Passenger Motor Vehicles 65
Medium or Heavy Goods Vehicle 65
Vehicle drawing a Semi-Trailer
Articulated Vehicle, which is Heavy Goods Vehicle or Heavy Passenger Motor Vehicle 50
Vehicle drawing not more than one Trailer ( two in case of Artillery equipment)
Light Motor Vehicle drawing a Single Trailer, the trailer being two wheeled and the gross vehicle weight of the trailer not exceeding 800 kilograms. 60
Light Motor Vehicle drawing a Single Trailer, the trailer has more than two wheels or a gross vehicle weight of the trailer not exceeding 800 kilograms. 50
Medium Goods Vehicle or Medium Passenger Motor Vehicle drawing a single Trailer. 45
Heavy Goods Vehicle Or Heavy Passenger Motor Vehicle drawing a single Trailer 40
Heavy Goods Vehicle or Heavy Passenger Motor Vehicle drawing a single Trailer and used by the Fire Brigade 50
Residual Category that is, any case not covered by any of the abovementioned categories 30
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