Panaji, Feb 6 (UNI) The Goa government implemented ''speed governors'' from today to reduce road accidents.
Speaking to reporters, Transport Minister Pandurang Madkaikar, said here today fatal accidents are increasing every day in Goa due to overspeeding of heavy vehicles.
He said over the last five years, there have been accidents involving 2218 buses in which 76 persons had died. As many as 3989 trucks and 1640 tempos were involved in accidents during the same period in which 166 people and 51 people had died.
All these accidents occurred due to over speeding, Mr Madkaikar said quoting statistics. Last year, a total of 45 deaths were reported.
The Goa Bus Owners Association (GBOA), has opposed the implementation of the ''speed governors'' and has threatened to pull off its buses from the roads after serving a 14-day ultimatum on the state government.
Mr Madkaikar, however, asserted the state government will not bow down to the threats.
Mr Madkaikar said 400 State Kadamaba Transport Corporation (KTC) buses had started fixing ''speed governors'' to the buses from today.
If the GBOA withdraws its buses from the roads, the state government will take help from the Karantaka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) which has given an assurance to provide 1000 buses to Goa, Mr Madkaikar added.
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