Mysuru, October 30:- Two-wheeler riding in Karnataka without a helmet will be a costly affair now. Karnataka’s transport authorities made it clear in the new directive issued on October 20 that helmets are mandatory for all two-wheeler riders who are over four years of age. The state government has imposed a 3-month suspension of driving license along with a penalty in case of violation of the rule.
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 standards of Bureau of Indian Standards. The law prescribes violators to be fined with Rs 1,000 and a three-month suspension of licence. Karnataka had reduced the fine amount to Rs 500 and the three-month suspension rule was never put into force. The stringent measures were put in place to curb the driving as riding without helmets remains one of the highest road violations in the state.
This new order comes after the Supreme Court’s direction to the state’s Road Safety Committee to strictly enforce the mandatory helmet-wearing rule for all persons travelling on two-wheelers in the state.
Helmetless riding is rampant in Mysuru. During Dasara, the traffic police did not take the issue seriously. Now that everything has come to normal, they are out to punish the offenders. (MR/KS)