Jurisdiction: India Legislation: Central Motor Vehicles Act

Sub-jurisdiction: Maharashtra Legislation: Mumbai Motor Vehicles Act

Speed limits in India are according to the referenced article below. In many nations, there is actually a grace of +5km/hr, or similar value so that any inadvertent gain (e.g. slope of carriageway, downwind) does not result in a fine.

Is there any similar grace/speed tolerance in India?


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    In most jurisdictions the grace isn't in the law but in the quality of the measurement device - radar guns in Germany have 10% or 4 km/h tolerance (the greater of the two) while a laser fence has less than 1 km/h tolerance.
    – Trish
    Commented Mar 8, 2022 at 17:33
  • Usually, the discretion isn't stated in a statue and is instead a matter of law enforcement practice.
    – ohwilleke
    Commented Mar 8, 2022 at 17:54
  • I think legally there is zero tolerance in Germany, but the fact that a radar gun showed you driving at 53 km/h isn't enough evidence to show that you exceeded the 50 km/h speed limit. A radar gun showing you driving at 56 km/h is taken as proof that you drove at at least 51 km/h (you might have been driving at 62 km/h).
    – gnasher729
    Commented Mar 10, 2022 at 15:00
  • And the grace can change over time. In NZ, they used to reduce the 5K during holiday times, supposedly to make it safer. Commented Aug 8, 2023 at 5:58
  • There is also the question whether they want to prosecute you. German police tends to put up speed limits below the highest safe speed, so that the average not quite law abiding driver may exceed the speed limit, but still be at a safe speed. It's likely that you will be prosecuted if you are above the safe speed. It would be different in places where speeding tickets are seen as a source of income to the state or the police.
    – gnasher729
    Commented Aug 8, 2023 at 10:30

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What, if any, is the tolerance built into speed limits in India?

None in statute (that I can find), but the police may have an informal policy1 to allow for other factors like inaccuracies in one's speedometer and misreading the needle due to parallax.

1The one I am aware of is "10% +2" where, say, anyone going over 35mph on a 30mph road gets a ticket etc

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    Also could have policies to account for tolerance in the tools used to detect vehicle speed
    – Joe W
    Commented Mar 8, 2022 at 17:58

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