Helmetless riders, you have another thing coming. The Transport Department has issued a circular to all the regional transport offices (RTOs) across the state to suspend the licences of helmetless riders for a minimum period of three months. Although this rule has existed for long, it was not taken very seriously by the officials.
In a letter to all the RTOs last week, N Shivakumar, Commissioner of Transport and Road Safety, has asked the officials to provide details with regard to enforcing the rule by the 5th of every month. He has sought details such as the number of cases (motorists not wearing helmet) booked, cases of driving licences suspension recommended by the traffic police and the total number of driving licences suspended.
This is the first such letter being issued to all RTOs in the recent past. Officials, however, said such a letter was not sent to the traffic police who are the ones actively enforcing the traffic rules. The instruction may have little impact on the ground since not many traffic inspectors penalise traffic offenders.
Sources said the transport commissioner issued the letter after Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar and the National Road Safety Committee directed the transport department to make serious efforts to bring down the number of road accident related fatalities. Death of two-wheeler riders and pillion riders due to not wearing helmets were among the key issues discussed in the meeting.
Ravikante Gowda, Joint Commissioner (Bengaluru City – Traffic) did not respond to calls.
Among the several cases booked by the traffic police every day, two wheeler or pillion riders not wearing their helmets always tops the list of cases.