Vijayawada

New helmet rule from July 23

RISKY RIDE: Entire family enjoys a speedy drive on the BRTS Road in the city. Photo: Raju. V

RISKY RIDE: Entire family enjoys a speedy drive on the BRTS Road in the city. Photo: Raju. V  

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Two-wheeler will not be registered unless an invoice of a helmet is attached

From Monday (July 23), the Transport Department will not register a two-wheeler unless an invoice of a helmet is attached with the documents of the vehicle.

A fresh move to implement helmet rule in an effective way by making purchase of the head gear compulsory along with a new vehicle has triggered concern among vehicle users and the dealers as well, albeit for different reasons.

While users of scooters and motorcycles who managed to ‘dodge’ the authorities concerned by having their way so far seem worried for understandable reasons, dealers find themselves pitted against a new set of problems.

‘Extensive campaign’

“An extensive campaign to create awareness among vehicle-users must precede implementation of the rule. People must be made to understand the significance of wearing a head gear and the helmet rule must be implemented strictly. Otherwise, there is no point in forcing them to buy a helmet which, in all probability, will find its place in one corner of the house,” says Parthiban, general manager of the city-based R.M. Motors, a local dealer of Hero Honda bikes. “We might lose a customer by insisting on the new rule,” fears Satyanarayana, executive director of Varun Motors, local dealer of Bajaj two-wheelers.

The aam aadmi is also worried that his freedom to purchase helmet from the open market or a third party would be curtailed. Deputy Transport Commissioner, Krishna region, A. Mohan, has an answer: “A helmet is an accessory to the vehicle. Every two-wheeler has the provision to fasten and lock the helmet at the rear end of the vehicle. When you sell your vehicle, you don’t think of selling the stepney wheel, the jack rod, and the spanners as well. A helmet should be treated as an attachment to the vehicle.”

The rule, which was in existence since 2006, got diluted over the years. “We do not want to harass anybody. Safety of people is paramount. We hope to see voluntary use of the protective head gear in the days to come. Moreover, it will prevent a person from using mobile phones while driving, which comes as an added advantage,” he observes.

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