‘No helmet, no petrol rule’: Kerala gives 2 weeks grace period

Vinson Kurian Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on January 18, 2018 Published on July 31, 2016


The Motor Vehicles Department in Kerala has granted a ‘grace period’ of two weeks to two-wheeler riders in three select cities ahead of enforcing the proposed ‘no helmet, no petrol’ rule.

The department would instead post its personnel at the fuel stations in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode to sensitise them on the need for wearing a helmet always while driving.

Earlier, an order issued by Transport Commissioner Tomin Thachankary had required riders to stick to the new rule from August 1 or face consequences, including denial of fuel or stiff penalties.

But he is learnt to have relented in the face of public protests and criticism leading the Transport Minister, A K Saseendran, to intervene and counsel restraint.

As per the amended order, offenders will not be penalised during the grace period. But repeat violation of the ‘no helmet, no petrol’ rule will invite penal action under the Motor Vehicles Act.

Published on July 31, 2016
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