Even police department without a helmet will be fined in Vijayawada.
Vijayawada: Vijayawada city police and transport department are moving up for the enactment of compulsory helmet law from Friday as per the instructions of the Andhra Pradesh state government.
The city police and district administrators have been trying to make awareness amid people for the last 10 days. Currently, they would be punishing anybody violating the law and failing to wear the helmet and seat belts.
The AP state government, bearing in mind the increasing demises in road accidents concerning two-wheelers, fixed to make it obligatory for the riders to wear a helmet all over the state. The declaration of the implementation date was made a month ago.
There were distinct awareness camps lead by the transport and police sectors. “Wearing helmet is for the safety of chauffeurs and it is essential as per the Motor Vehicle Act (MVI). Having seat belt in traveling in a four-wheeler has also been made compulsory. Motorists who won’t wear the helmets will be penalized Rs100 for the first time and a fine plus consciousness session if caught for the second time. If the motorist is caught without a helmet for the third stretch, his or her driving license will be negated,” said Meera Prasad, the deputy transport commissioner.
“Helmet is compulsory for everybody as per the instructions of the state government. No apologies by anybody will be accepted. Even police department is not wearing a helmet will be penalized if caught red-handed,” stated B.V. Ramana Kumar, joint commissioner of police.
In the meantime, automobile stores in the city have recorded a big lift in the sale of helmets on Thursday with their charges ranging from Rs 400 to Rs 2,000. Those with ISI mark and special grouping are in great demand.
Taking benefit of the situation, some of the vendors have increased the cost by 30 percent. Yet, citizens critiqued police for executing the rule suddenly.