Helmet rule introduced on SC order: Minister

Transport minister Ramalinga Reddy on Sunday said that the rule on compulsory helmet for pillion riders was being introduced on the order of the Supreme Court.

“The apex court had sent six reminders to the State on enforcing the rule and warned of action, if failed to comply with. Hence, it was inevitable for the State government to introduce the rule,” Reddy said here on Sunday. He was speaking after inaugurating the BMTC’s new facility centre for passengers and heavy vehicle training institute in Yelahanka.

He said that helmet for pillion riders was being made compulsory across the country. The SC has asked the government to issue a notification in this behalf before January 26.

The new facility centre for passengers is constructed at a cost of Rs 12.50 crore. It comprises parking space for two-wheelers and cars in the basement. The ground floor houses traffic management centre, pass counter, canteen among others. The first and second floors have been reserved for commercial establishments.

The minister said the heavy vehicle training institute, constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 15.38 crore in Singanayakanahalli, is spread over 12 acre.

It is the second institute in the state after Dharwad, which has hostel facility for students. There is a proposal to set up six more institutes in different districts of the state, he said.

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