Legal Correspondent

State directed to take up awareness programme

HYDERABAD: The State Government on Tuesday was directed by a Division Bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court to initiate awareness programme to inculcate the habit of using seat belts in cars and helmets by two-wheeler drivers in the State.

Authorities were asked to take steps to see that the seat belts and helmets were used from next month onwards. Authorities were asked to see that helmets were available. These orders were passed while dealing with a writ petition.

It may be recalled that a letter written by P.C. Rao, Judge of the International Tribunal, regarding failure of the traffic management was taken on record and treated as writ petition. On an earlier occasion, the bench directed that the Government constitute a committee headed by Special Chief Secretary and other technical experts. The committee should comprise of heads of Transport Department, Municipal Corporation, etc. The Bench also directed the authorities to respond to the recommendations of the committee. It felt that at this stage it was desirable that the seat belts for four-wheelers and helmets for two- wheelers be made compulsory without any delay. The Bench said that the Government must take the initiative to implement the orders.