Helmets may very soon become compulsory for Pillion riders as well across the state of Karnataka. The Transport Department in the other hand has asked the State Government to make helmets mandatory for two-wheeler riders across Karnataka.
Transport Commissioner Ramegowda told Deccan Herald: "We have sent the proposal to the government to make helmets mandatory across the State as the number of accidents involving two-wheeler riders is on the rise even in rural areas."
He added: "Regarding helmets for those riding pillion, we will seek public opinion. We are starting with riders now. Gradually, it will be easy to extend it to pillion riders as well for their safety."
All these measures have been taken, after analysing the amount of road accidents taking place in Bangalore. In 2013, 309 two-wheeler riders were killed in the city alone, whereas in 2014, that number increased to 332 in the city.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) B Dayananda said: "We are thinking of making helmets mandatory for pillion riders. There are many cities in India where it is mandatory and we are studying it. It's still in the early stages."
The Indian Motor Vehicles Act (1998) stipulates compulsory wearing of helmets by riders and pillion riders.
Chapter 7, Section 129 of the Indian Motor Vehicle Act (1988) stipulates that every person riding a motorcycle of any class or description shall, while in a public place, wear protective headgear conforming to the specifications of the Bureau of Indian Standards.
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