Mumbai traffic department will enforce the rule of 'No Helmet, No Fuel' at petrol stations starting August 1, 2016. The rule will see two constables at each of the fueling stations to oversee the rule is implemented.
There are 223 fuel stations located in and around the city of Mumbai and constables will man them to see that the riders without helmets will not get petrol.
The police officials will first run an awareness campaign for a period of 8 days post which the fines will be imposed for the offenders. The officials will make a case against the offender at the fueling station and let the rider know that only after a helmet is worn, they would get petrol.
However, the enforcement is not to refuse petrol, but first to bring awareness about helmetless riding. "Wearing helmets is mandatory. We want to make people aware that they should ensure their own safety while riding. Traffic constables will be posted at each of the 223 fuel pumps in the city. Initially, we will focus on awareness. The idea is not to outrightly refuse fuel, but to make an appeal that wearing a helmet is necessary," said joint commissioner (traffic) Milind Bharambe.
Ravi Shinde from the petrol dealers association said that two constables will be stationed at the petrol station from 8am to 8pm to oversee any offenders. He also said that the oil companies will do their bit to bring awareness of the rule by distributing pamphlets and hoardings as well as banners.
The rule comes in the heel of the recent ruling in Kerala where the rule will start from August 1, 2016, and the region of West Bengal.
Wearing a helmet is a safety measure and ensure the safety of the rider and helmet for the pillion will ensure safety as well.
Source: Times Of India