NO HEL­MET, NO FUEL PRO­POSAL WITH­DRAWN

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: The state gov­ern­ment has with­drawn its pro­posed ‘no hel­met, no fuel’ rule, after stiff op­po­si­tion from petrol pump own­ers and own­ers of two-wheel­ers. The gov­ern­ment, how­ever, has put in a con­di­tion that makes it manda­tory for petrol pump own­ers to col­lect de­tails of rid­ers who buy petrol with­out a hel­met and pass it on to the lo­cal Re­gional Trans­port Of­fice (RTO).

Based on the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the petrol pump own­ers, RTO of­fi­cials are ex­pected to act against the vi­o­la­tors. Petrol pump own­ers, how­ever, have op­posed this too and have sug­gested that the gov­ern­ment in­stall CCTV cam­eras on their premises and act against er­rant rid­ers.

The ‘no hel­met, no fuel’ rule was to come into ef­fect from Au­gust 1, but the petrol pump own­ers had op­posed it cit­ing safety of their em­ploy­ees. Chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis had on July 28 stayed the de­ci­sion, after even the op­po­si­tion par­ties had called the move ‘im­prac­ti­cal’, in the state legislature.

Clear­ing the state’s stand on the pol­icy, trans­port min­is­ter Diwakar Raote said on Friday that in­stead of re­fus­ing fuel to those not wear­ing hel­mets, petrol pumps will have to pro­vide us the ve­hi­cle numbers of the vi­o­la­tors.

“We won’t take any such re­spon­si­bil­ity that could be­come a flash­point be­tween our em­ploy­ees and the rid­ers. Also, it will be dif­fi­cult to sub­se­quently prove vi­o­la­tions based on our re­port and may lead to dis­putes,” said Ravi Shinde, pres­i­dent, Mum­bai Petrol Deal­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion. “We have sug­gested that the gov­ern­ment in­stall CCTV cam­eras at their own cost and mon­i­tor feed from the RTO.”

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