The Delhi Chief Electoral Office has given permission for issuing a gazette notification inviting public suggestions and objections regarding the Transport department’s proposal of making helmet mandatory for women pillion riders.
The Transport department has cited the risk involved in such cases, while seeking permission from the state election commission.
Confirming this, Chief Electoral Office Vijay Dev said clearance for the Transport department’s other proposal to issue final notification for starting e-auctioning of fancy numberplates would take some more time.
The Delhi High Court, in January, had dismissed a PIL seeking direction to the government to make wearing of helmets mandatory for pillion riders, saying the government will decide who has to wear helmets. The government has been delaying the decision due to opposition from the Sikh community. “Once passed, this rule will be applicable to all communities,” a government official clarified.
“The Lt-Governor has already given clearance to the proposal. We will seek suggestions and objections from the public over a period of a month and then go ahead with the implementation of this proposal by making necessary amendments to the Delhi Motor Vehicles Rules,” a Transport department official said.
Comments from the public would be taken into consideration by the government prior to amending the rules after the expiry of the period of 30 days from the date of publishing of this notification. “This move was prompted due to an increase in the number of accidents taking place on city roads. Two riders die everyday on city roads and helmets will help go a long way in saving lives,” an official said.