Two-wheeler riders without helmet to face strict action in K’taka

Bengaluru, Oct 20 : Driving two-wheelers without a helmet or not ensuring that a four-year-old child is wearing a helmet while riding will now prove costly for riders in Karnataka.

The state’s transport authorities made it clear in a directive issued on Monday that helmets are mandatory for all two-wheeler riders who are more than four years old.

Erring riders will face a three-month suspension of their driving license along with a penalty.

According to Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act, every person driving or riding (otherwise than in a sidecar, on a motorcycle of any class or description) shall, while in a public place, wear protective headgear conforming to the Bureau of Indian Standards.

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The law prescribes that violators be fined Rs 1,000 and their licenses suspended for three months.

Karnataka had reduced the fine amount to Rs 500 and the three-month suspension rule was never used.

This new order comes after the Supreme Court’s direction to the state’s Road Safety Committee to strictly enforce the helmet-wearing rule for all persons travelling on two-wheelers.

The new Motor Vehicles Act came into effect from September 1, 2019 but there has been a lack of enforcement on the ground.

Karnataka has 1.65 crore registered two-wheelers, including 59.9 lakh in Bengaluru.

Disclaimer: This story is auto-generated from IANS service.

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