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The Mumbai Traffic Police on Wednesday issued a statement alerting all citizens riding a bike to ensure that even pillion riders are wearing helmets, failing which, a fine of Rs 500 will be imposed.
The driver’s license may also be suspended for three months apart from the fine if he is seen riding without a helmet.
The police have given a 15-day window to comply, post which they will begin a crackdown. As per sections 129 (wearing a protective headgear) and 194 D (punishment for contravening section 129) of the Motor Vehicles Act, traffic police will impose a fine on bikers driving without helmet.
“The driver as well as the pillion rider on a bike will have to wear helmets. We will start initiating action against those not wearing helmets after 15 days,” said Raj Tilak Roushan, DCP (Traffic HQ/ central), in the press note.
Earlier this year, Traffic Police began its crackdown by registering FIRs against those driving in the wrong direction.
They also fined over 1 lakh bikers for driving without a helmet and put thousands of them through counselling at a traffic division.
It has also sent thousands of proposals to the RTO to suspend the licenses of bikers driving without helmets.
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