Wearing of helmet compulsory for motorcyclist, pillion in Kashmir

Traffic Police would soon launch a special drive in Jammu and Kashmir to enforce helmet rules according to which it would be compulsory for both the driver and the pillion rider to wear helmets.

“Even the pillion rider of two-wheeler would be required to wear helmet. Violation would result in imposition of fine under relevant section of Motor Vehicle Act,” said a communiqué issued by the department on Saturday.

“It has been disclosed that traffic police has conducted special drives for enforcing helmet rules in the State and during last six months more than 72,000 violators were booked for not wearing helmet.

“It has been observed that despite booking of large number of violators has not been strict compliance of the traffic rules relating to wearing of helmet by the riders of two-wheelers.”

Committee of Supreme Court on Road Safety has recently given directions that in case where law relating to use of helmet is violated by either the main rider or the pillion rider then they should both be subject to Road Safety Education and Counseling for not less than two hours before imposition of fine, it said.

“During the drive for enforcing helmet laws, therefore, the Traffic Police after intercepting a two-wheeler with the main rider or the pillion rider without helmet then both the main rider and the pillion rider shall be subject to Road Safety Education and Counseling for not less than two hours before imposition of fine as prescribed in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988,” said the statement.

During the drive, it added, Traffic Police shall also be strictly checking the driving licence of the drivers of the two-wheelers.

“If without a Driving licence, the driver shall not be allowed to drive the two-wheeler. The two-wheeler shall be handed over only to a person duly authorized by the owner of the vehicle, having a valid Driving license, failing which the vehicle shall be seized u/s 207 of the motor Vehicles Act, 1988,” it said.

Traffic Headquarters has also issued instructions that in case a person having a Learner’s Licence is driving the two-wheeler with a pillion rider who is without a valid driving licence then the main rider (driver) should be booked under section 3/181 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 read with Rule 3 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1988.

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