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
    Mar 8 at 17:33
  • Usually, the discretion isn't stated in a statue and is instead a matter of law enforcement practice.
    – ohwilleke
    Mar 8 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
    Mar 10 at 15:00

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

None in statute, 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

  • 2
    Also could have policies to account for tolerance in the tools used to detect vehicle speed
    – Joe W
    Mar 8 at 17:58

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