HC wants govt to enforce helmet rule effectively

HC wants govt to enforce helmet rule effectively

The Madras High Court today expressed dissatisfaction over the way the mandatory helmet rule is being implemented in Tamil Nadu.

When a public interest litigation filed by social activist K K Rajendran came up for hearing before judges S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad, they asked whether issuing of a government order alone was enough. Questioning as to how the rule was being implemented in the State, they wanted a detailed reply on the issue.

They also said the recent order making helmet mandatory to pillion riders is not being implemented and those travelling in cars are not using seat belts. The judges even wanted to know whether police personnel wear helmet and officials wear seat belt.

Last month, the Madras high court had asked the police as to why helmet rule for pillion riders on two wheelers and seat belt for car drivers not enforced effectively.

The division bench of Justices Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad has directed the authorities to file a report on the steps taken to implement the mandatory rule.

When a petition filed by K K Rajendran, of Korattur, came up for hearing the bench said “we have never seen a pillion rider wearing helmet though it is mandatory as per the Motor Vehicles Act”.

The petitioner wanted the court to direct the police to ensure that helmet is worn by both the rider and pillion as mandated in the Motor Vehicles Act.

Rajendran claimed that more than 70% of motor accidents occured due to failure of drivers to adhere to traffic rules.

As many as 4,091 helmet-less riders died in road accidents in 2016 while 2,956 died in 2017.