Tuesday , November 21 2017

Riders without Helmet still rules in Vijayawada

The transport department has brought a rule that makes it compulsory to buy a helmet along with any new bike. Though people do buy the helmets, it is another matter altogether to get them wear it.

Helmetless riders still rule in Vijayawada
A two-wheeler rider hangs his helmet from his motorcycle, a popular practice.

66 percent traffic police e-challans unpaid

VIJAYAWADA: Enforcing the compulsory helmet rule for the two-wheeler drivers has remained on paper. However the state government has declared that it is mandatory to wear a helmet while driving a two-wheeler, there have been no efforts from either the transport department or the traffic police to implement this rule. Traffic police are issuing e-challans to violators but that does not prevent the commuters.

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Even after the High Court expressed displeasure over the steps taken by the two Telugu states to implement compulsory helmet rule, there has been no changes in the situation. Hardly anyone in Vijayawada bothers to wear the helmets and the traffic police remain mute spectators in most cases. Sometimes, the cops to issue challans. The High Court had ordered special drives to create awareness among the public and have directed the authorities to book cases, including canceling licenses of the violators.

The transport department has brought a rule that makes it compulsory to buy a helmet along with any new bike. Though people do buy the helmets, it is another matter altogether to get them wear it. Statistics from a traffic department shows that two-wheeler accidents top the list of fatalities. In Vijayawada commissioner ate alone, one life is being lost every day and the most of the victims turn out to be two-wheeler drivers.

In 2016, the traffic police in a city had booked 75,226 helmets-less drivers.  The police issued e-challans to vehicle owners. As the challans were being sent directly to their homes, people are not even interested in paying the penalties. Only 34 percent of the challans were realized in 2016. DCP, traffic, Kranti Rana Tata, said that the traffic police was penalizing helmet rule violators.  “We have booked 2,200 cases for very dangerous driving on bike riders in the last 10 days. Now, we are going to conduct a series of events on compulsory helmet rule along with the penalties,” Mr. Tata said.

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