STATE TRANSPORT Minister Diwakar Raote on Sunday said the helmet drive will be implemented in the city as per the Supreme Court ruling. He said that phase-wise implementation will continue in the state and asked the police personnel to fall in line by wearing the helmets compulsorily.
He said that the implementation of helmet norm is as per the SC directive and any changes will have to be made with the help of legal counsel and the Law and Judicial department. Any amendment under the Motor Vehicle Act being a central act, amendments would have to be made at the Centre, he added.
In the city to address a meeting of MLAs and organisations who are voicing their opinion on sudden helmet implementation, he said, he would have to assess whether any such “legal opinion” can be sought from the state that can be put to the Centre in the coming Lok Sabha session, which will commence by February end. “Whether the issues raised by Puneites can be put up will have to be discussed with the Law and Justice department,” he said, while addressing local representatives of the city and activists who shouted slogans against the compulsory implementation of helmets.
“The Motor Vehicle Act is a Central act. Any changes in the act cannot be brought about by the state government. Recently, as per the Supreme Court ruling, a committee was formed and they were asked on what measures have to be taken for road safety. It’s under these recommendations from the committee on road safety that helmet was made compulsory and it was not according to any political calling,” said Raote trying to clear the air on the Sena and BJP stand on the helmet issue.