No helmet? Driving licence will now be suspended for 3 months in Karnataka

Prime News, Karnataka, Bengaluru, October 20:- Riding a two-wheeler without a helmet will now appeal to a three-month driving license suspension. The choice to return down closely on errant riders was taken by the state transport division recently.

According to Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019, using vehicles without helmets attract a Rs 1,000 high-quality and a three-month suspension of licence. However, the state authorities had decreased the high-quality quantity to Rs 500 after a public outcry whereas the three-month suspension rule was by no means put into power.

Transport division officers mentioned the Supreme Court-appointed committee on street security held a video convention on October 14 advisable the enforcement of stringent motion in opposition to violators.

“Two-wheelers are more vulnerable to road accidents. We have decided to implement the three-month suspension rule because of the direction from the Supreme Court-appointed committee. They will have to pay fines as well and their DL will be suspended for three months if they don’t wear helmets,” a senior transport department official said. At present, the licence of a person caught drunk driving can be suspended for six months.

Karnataka has 1.65 crore registered two-wheelers including 59.9 lakh in Bengaluru. Riding without helmets is one of the highest road violations in the city. The number of cases booked by Bengaluru Traffic Police against riders without helmets was 16.4 lakh in 2018, 20.3 lakh in 2019 and 20.7 lakh in 2020 (till September). Similarly, the number of cases booked against pillion riders without helmets was 13.4 lakh in 2018, 12.9 lakh in 2019 and 12.5 lakh in 2020 (till September).

Section 129 of the Motor Vehicle Act reads “Every person, above four years of age, driving or riding or being carried on a motorcycle of any class or description shall, while in public place wear protective headgear conforming to standards prescribed by the Central government.”

The division additionally instructed all transport division employees to implement the order and despatched info inside 10th of each month. The Supreme Court committee on street security had advisable the Centre to take stringent measures in opposition to violations like over dashing, drunken driving, pink gentle leaping, violation of helmet legal guidelines and seat belt legal guidelines, the usage of cellphones whereas driving and overloading. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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