Protest against traffic police over helmets

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 31 January 2019

Rajendra Kondare, a member of the committee, said, “Our objection is not against wearing the helmet but the compulsion made by the police and the government on wearing it.”

PUNE: The Action Committee for Opposition to Compulsory Helmet Rule (Helmet Sakti Virodhi Kruti Samiti) will protest against the traffic police for heavily fining the two-wheeler riders who were not wearing the helmets. The protest will take place on Friday (February 1) at 10 am at Mahatma Phule Mandai.

Rajendra Kondare, a member of the committee, said, “Our objection is not against wearing the helmet but the compulsion made by the police and the government on wearing it.”

Kondare also added that according to the provisions of Section 129 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1989 all the headgear should be approved by Bureau of Indian Standards and have ISI mark on it, but almost all the helmets are not BIS approved and nor ISI approved, thus it was important to pay attention to this clause rather than collecting the fine.

Adv Mandar Joshi, a member of the committee, said, “The Supreme Court, as well as the Bombay High Court, have scrapped the 2003’s amendment in Motor Vehicle Act 1988 which mentions that helmets are not compulsory in municipal areas. But the changes have not yet been made on the police and government websites which, in fact, should have been done prominently.”

Joshi also added, “Wearing helmet will not only save a person’s life but the condition of the road should also be safe enough. Also, the helmets should be worn by the riders and pillions as well. And the helmets’ protective glass should be a normal glass and not a black filmed glass.” 

Both Joshi and Kondare shared that the committee was not against wearing a helmet but first the government and police should make the changes according to the law on their websites.

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