Rule likely to be enforced by Jan 20

Rule likely to be enforced by Jan 20

Those riding pillion on two-wheelers can heave a sigh of relief for now. The City traffic police have decided to consult the Transport Department before they start enforcing the rule that makes wearing helmet mandatory for pillion riders. The rule should have come to effect from Tuesday.

“We have decided to consult the Transport Department to finalise the date for enforcement of the rule,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) M A Saleem told Deccan Herald.

It is the responsibility of the Transport Department to announce the date. The department is likely to do so after a meeting with the traffic police. “The traffic police have decided to wait for some time to avoid inconvenience to the public due to sudden announcement,” Saleem said.

The Indian Motor Vehicles Act norms governing helmetless riding will be applicable to pillion riders as well. A fine of Rs 100 will be imposed on pillion riders for not wearing the helmet for the first offence and Rs 300 for the second offence. The police will seize the driving licence of the rider and recommend the transport authorities for suspending the DL for the third offence by the pillion rider. The rider will have to face the punishment for the violation by the pillion rider, the police said.

Transport authorities said they would announce the date shortly. “We will have to implement the rule within 15 days of the gazette notification. We will have to submit a compliance report to the Supreme Court committee on road safety for failing to implement the order. The implementation will happen before January 20,” Transport Commissioner Ramegowda told Deccan Herald.

He said the department had conducted drives to create awareness about the rule. “We have recommended to the government to make helmet mandatory for pillion riders only after awareness drives,” he said.

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