Helmet-less ride in Karnataka to cost dear

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This new order comes after the Supreme Court's direction to the state's Road Safety Committee to strictly enforce the mandatory helmet-wearing rule for all persons traveling on two-wheelers in the state.

Karnataka's Transport Department has made helmet-less travel dear for all two-wheeler riders who are over four years of age.

The department on Tuesday, October 20, issued a notification imposing a three-month suspension of driving license along with penalty for non-compliance. The department has also made helmets mandatory for pillion riders above the age of four.

"As per new directives, helmets are mandatory for all two-wheeler riders who are over four years of age. State government has imposed a 3-month suspension of driving license along with a penalty in case of violation," said State Department of Transport, Karnataka.

The state transport department has also issued a directive to strictly enforce the old rules for the safety of the riders. As per the rule, Under the Central Motor Vehicle Act, motorcycle riders must wear a helmet.

This new order comes after the Supreme Court's direction to the state's Road Safety Committee to strictly enforce the mandatory helmet-wearing rule for all persons traveling on two-wheelers in the state.

According to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, riding without a helmet will also attract Rs 1,000 fine. However, the state government had reduced the fine to Rs 500. In the state capital of Bengaluru, 20.7L cases booked for helmet-less rides till Sept this year, according to Times of India.

Transport officials said the Supreme Court appointed committee on road safety held a video conferencing on October 14 and recommended stringent action against the violators.

“Two-wheelers are more vulnerable to road accidents. They will have to pay fine and face a three-month DL suspension in case of a violation,” the transport department official was quoted by TOI as saying. At present, the driving licence of a person caught drunk-driving is suspended for six months.

Karnataka has 1.6 crore registered two-wheelers and nearly 60 lakh of them are in Bengaluru. The number of cases booked by Bengaluru traffic police against riders without helmet was 16.4 lakh in 2018, 20.3 lakh in 2019 and 20.7 lakh till September this year. Similarly, number of cases booked against pillion rider without helmet was 13.4 lakh in 2018, 12.9 lakh in 2019 and 12.5 lakh in 2020 (till September).

Bengaluru’s joint commissioner (traffic) BR Ravikanthe Gowda welcomed the move and said it’ll deter bikers from riding without a helmet and reduce the number of deaths caused by accidents. “This is a step towards making our roads safe for all,” he added (with inputs from ANI)

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