VIJAYAWADA:Even as the police department is reluctant to register cases against two-wheeler drivers who do not wear helmets from July 1, the Transport Department has constituted 10 teams to catch helmet-less drivers and slap fine on them.
The police wanted to go slow as far as imposition of helmet rule is concerned. It wants to educate two-wheeler drivers on the benefits of wearing a helmet. It wants to organise campaigns and publicity programmes to tell them that wearing a helmet is in their own interest. Only on Monday, Police Commissioner AB Venkateswara Rao said that the police would not be enforcing helmet rule, at least for the time being.
But the transport department does not think on these lines. In an official press release, deputy transport commissioner S Venkateswara Rao said that in pursuance of the government directive that helmet rule should be made mandatory, the transport staff would register cases against those who violate the rule.
The DTC said that seat belt rule also would come into force from Wednesday. Those who travel in cars would necessarily have to wear seat belts.
With confusing signals emanating from the government over whether or not helmet rule would be mandatory, two-wheeler drivers want to err on the side of caution and are buying helmets.
As there is a sudden spurt in demand, helmet sellers have jacked up prices and a good quality helmet costs anywhere between Rs 1,100 and Rs 1,300.