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Pune police once again promise to ‘strictly’ enforce helmet norm

As per the Motor Vehicles Act, driving without helmet or headgear is an offence.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: November 11, 2014 12:24 pm
The decision could not be implemented earlier due to opposition from a section of residents. The decision could not be implemented earlier due to opposition from a section of residents.

The Pune police have once again made its oft-repeated promise to implement the helmet norm for two-wheeler riders in the city. There were hiccups in the move earlier because of resistance from a section of people. On Monday, Pune Police Commissioner Satish Mathur said the helmet rule, which has not been rigorously implemented in the past, will henceforth be strictly enforced.

The compulsion to wear helmets is in force in the country as per a Supreme Court directive but was not being followed in the city due to opposition from the public.

As per the Motor Vehicles Act, driving without helmet or headgear is an offence and the local traffic rule implementing body has the authority to impose fines.

Mathur said, “The rule is not new. It has been in place for long. In the past we were not implementing it rigorously. But we will now strictly implement it. In fact we have started imposing fines from Saturday on those who are not wearing helmets.”

Police have been fining riders not using helmets but only those caught violating some other traffic rule. This was mainly because of opposition from some groups to helmets. Sarang Awad, deputy commissioner of police (Traffic) said, “The number of deaths because of riders not wearing helmets calls for strict implementation of the existing rule. We will try our best to implement it across the city.”

Pune Cantonment authorities had earlier made helmets compulsory in their jurisdiction. A traffic police officer said, “I agree we do not have adequate manpower to implement the rule as manning traffic is also a priority. But we will try our best.”

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    Sridhar
    May 9, 2015 at 7:41 pm
    This is really not happening on ground.. instead they are using this rule to scare the people to get more bribe from them. Traffic police still don't seems to be serious on implementing this rule and still we can see people not wearing helmets.
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      hatepunetraffic
      Nov 12, 2014 at 9:37 am
      first make people in pune follow the traffic signals 'strictly'. Sadly i see people breaking the red light and the cops standing there do nothing. so i follow the suite though reluctantly.
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        hemant
        Dec 11, 2014 at 6:42 pm
        usually helmats r used by chain snachers or bikers riders we r not from this category so govt should know for that
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          Nirav
          Nov 17, 2014 at 10:17 am
          Exactly, People not following the traffic signals leads the numbers of accidents. Need to get strict against traffic rules violation.
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            NA
            Dec 3, 2014 at 12:09 pm
            I don't know how strictly Cops are making people follow it, I was caught up by one on the Cops on Monday for not wearing Helmet and was charged Rs.100/-, I paid the money was happy to know that now its compulsory in Pune. However, while I was coming to office today I saw more then 90% crowd was riding without helmet which was disappointing.
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