Kerala To Implement ‘No Helmet, No Fuel’ Rule From August 1, 2016

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Concerned about an increasing number of accidents on the road involving two-wheeler riders in the state, the Kerala Government has issued an order that blocks riders without helmets from filling up at fuel stations.

The 'No Helmet, No Fuel' rule will come into effect in the state of Kerala on August 1, 2016.

Kerala Transport Commissioner Tomin J Thachankary stated that he had held discussions with oil companies, dealers and pump owners and had asked them not to withhold petrol to two-wheeler riders riding without helmets.

The Transport Commissioner said, "Two-wheeler riders not wearing helmets would be denied petrol at pumps and necessary instructions in this regard had been issued to oil companies and petrol pump owners."

The rule will first come into effect in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram as well as the cities of Ernakulam and Kozhikode and will be implemented later in other districts across the state.

In Kerala, 50 percent of the people killed in road accidents are motorcycle riders and 80 percent of the deaths are caused due to head injuries, an official release said.

In the year 2015, 14,482 automotive accident cases were reported in the state of Kerala which resulted in the deaths of 1,330 people on the roads.

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