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TWO WHEELERS SHOULD BE BANNED IN MUMBAI CITY SAYS HIGH COURT

Two-wheelers, like autorickshaws, should be banned in the city, the Bombay high court has suggested. The court came up with the suggestion while dismissing two public interest petitions against the ban on two-wheelers on the JJ flyover. A division bench of justice felt that it would be better if citizens started riding bicycles. The court sad that they could direct the authorities to provide dedicated lanes for bicycles, like in other foreign countries. The ban also leads to fuel wastage because motorcyclists are forced to take a longer route to reach South Mumbai, the petition said. But the judges felt it was a policy decision that did not need judicial interference. After studying the number of accidents involving two-wheelers on this 2.4km flyover, which has three sharp turns, the traffic control branch of the Mumbai police issued a notification banning two-wheelers on the flyover from April 1, 2010, Senior officers from the traffic department blame speeding for accidents on the flyover. Most motorcyclists do not obey the speed limit of 30kph, an officer said.

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