Taking cue from Mysuru, Bengaluru traffic police are making it mandatory to wear helmets with ISI mark from the beginning of February.
In other words, people will be penalised for wearing 'half-helmets' or construction site helmets. As a prelude, traffic police in Bengaluru have started a month-long awareness campaign in January. This is to ensure that people are educated about the ill effects of using sub standard helmets. Talking about this to The Hindu, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), R. Hitendra said,
A sudden enforcement may create panic and inconvenience among motorists. Hence, we have decided to create awareness about the issue. After a month, there will be a strict enforcement of the rule against using non-ISI certified helmets.
As part of the month-long campaign, traffic police have started seizing helmets that do not conform to the standards. But from February 1, people wearing helmets without ISI mark will be fined Rs 100.
"From February 1, those wearing helmets without ISI mark will be penalised. They'd be treated as riding helmetless," Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar told The Times of India.
The move comes a few days after Mysuru traffic police seized thousands of helmets without ISI mark from riders. This was appreciated by Home Minister R Ramalinga Reddy, who urged the entire state to make it mandatory.
So, along with Bengaluru, other districts including Mysuru, Mangaluru, Hubballi-Dharawad and Belagavi will also be insisting that people do not wear half-helmets.
Bengaluru traffic police was one among the first in the country to insist on both the rider and the pillion rider wear helmet.
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