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Mumbai: Rs 500 fine if pillion riders do not wear helmets

"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," stated Raj Tilak Roushan, DCP (Traffic HQ/ Central) in the statement issued Wednesday.

Earlier this year, the Traffic Police began a crackdown by registering thousands of FIRs against those driving on the wrong side. (Express Photo)

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.

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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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