HYDERABAD: From August 1, all two-wheeler riders in Andhra Pradesh will have to compulsorily wear a helmet. Otherwise, they will have to cough up more money in the form of heavy penalties.
The State government on Thursday decided to strictly implement this rule in line with the guidelines of Government of India and instructions issued by the Supreme Court on ‘Road Safety’ from Saturday onwards across the State.
“In fact, we were supposed to implement the rule from last July 1 itself. But because of Godavari Pushkaralu, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had asked us to postpone the enforcement of the rule to August 1,” said a senior official.
The State government also decided to create a ‘Road Safety Fund’ with an initial amount of `10 crore for buying necessary equipment for effective implementation of road safety laws.
Chief Secretary IYR Krishna Rao asked the Road Safety Committee to ensure that in any road accident, victims are admitted to a nearby hospital immediately to access free treatment including surgeries.
Earlier, the Road Safety Committee met under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary at the Secretariat. The meeting reviewed the Road Safety measures being implemented in the State.
For a Safe Journey
From today, all two-wheeler riders in AP will have to compulsorily wear a helmet.
State govt to create a ‘Road Safety Fund’ with an initial amount of `10 crore.
Exclusive squads to monitor implementation of road safety norms and traffic rules on national and state highways.
Driving testing tracks to be developed in all districts.
According to a press release, IYR Krishna Rao directed Special Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) LV Subrahmanyam to initiate immediate action for implementing the guidelines of the Union government and the instructions issued by Supreme Court on Road Safety. Principal Secretary B Sam Bob said the Centre took a decision to establish Trauma Care Centres on the National Highways.