NOW, HEL­METS MANDA­TORY FOR PIL­LION RID­ERS IN MAHARASHTRA

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: Both two-wheeler rid­ers and those sit­ting pil­lion must now wear hel­mets, the Maharashtra trans­port depart­ment an­nounced on Satur­day. The move fol­lows Bom­bay high court (HC) di­rec­tives and ap­plies across the state. “The sever­ity of an ac­ci­dent is re­duced if both the rider and pil­lion wear hel­mets,” an of­fi­cial state­ment said.

To en­sure the rule is fol­lowed, the depart­ment has also asked all deal­ers of mo­tor­bikes and scoot­ers to sell not one, but two hel­mets to their cus­tomers. RTOs have been asked to keep doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence of deal­ers pro­vid­ing their cus­tomers with two hel­mets. “We will be­gin im­ple­ment­ing the new res­o­lu­tion of mak­ing it manda­tory for a pil­lion rider to wear a hel­met by next week. We are tak­ing steps to spread the word too,” said Milind Bharambe, joint com­mis­sioner of po­lice, traf­fic.

The HC’s di­rec­tives to the trans­port depart­ment came on a PIL. The depart­ment, how­ever, is likely to face re­sis­tance in parts of the state, in­clud­ing Pune, where cit­i­zens, as well as sit­ting and for­mer MLAs have been protest­ing against the rule, even though the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act, 1988, man­dates it.

CON­TIN­UED ON P12

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