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Helmets mandatory for pillion riders in Maharashtra

Helmets mandatory for pillion riders in Maharashtra
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Monday 08 February 2016, 11:19 AM

As per orders from the Bombay High Court, the state Transport department has issued a circular stating it to be mandatory for Two-wheeler pillion riders to wear helmets in Maharashtra. "The Bombay High Court had made it compulsory for bike riders and those riding pillion to compulsorily wear a helmet. It's the government's responsibility to ensure that HC's orders are implemented," stated the circular issued by Transport department. It further added, "To ensure that the order is implemented effectively, those wanting a new license will have to submit in writing that the two-wheeler rider as well as the pillion rider will wear helmets.” 

The circular also directed all two-wheeler dealers to sell not one but two helmets to customers. Regional Transport Offices (RTO) have been directed to ask dealers to produce the proof of supplying two helmets to the rider at the time of registration, besides other documents. However, the decision by the Shiv Sena-led Transport Department has evoked a sharp reaction from Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray.

Commenting on the occasion, Raj Thackeray said, "Instead of issuing such orders, the government should first concentrate on improving the existing condition of roads. Issuing such guidelines to make both rider and the person riding pillion to wear helmets means the government wants helmet selling companies to make more profits,especially when basic facilities are not being provided to citizens.” However, Transport Minister Diwakar Raote said that if anybody has a problem with the government's order they can approach the court.


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