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Order out for speed limit device

Passenger vehicles plying between provinces will have to install a speed limit device that will ensure the safety of passengers under a new requirement ordered by the Ministry of Transport.

The device blocks drivers from going faster than 100 kilometers, said Lu Gaosheng, an official with the transportation management division of the Shanghai Transport and Port Administrative Bureau.

Lu said all passenger vehicles in Shanghai, estimated to be more than 10,000, have to instal the speed limit device before January 1 next year.

Those who fail to do so face punishment but the penalty has yet to be decided.

Speeding is one of the major causes of accidents in China, especially involving inter-provincial passenger vehicles that use highways.

Lu said the speed limit on highways is usually 120 kilometers per hour but many drivers drive faster than that to get to their destination earlier.

Drivers now are punished by a penalty point system on his or her driving license.

On August 9, 10 people died and 31 were injured when a speeding long-distance bus rear-ended into a truck on a highway in the eastern Hefei City.



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