VISAKHAPATNAM : The Road Transport Authority and traffic police, following strict orders from government on the helmet rule, conducted a city-wide checking on two-wheelers and registered 1,472 cases imposing and collecting a total fine amount of `1,48,700, here Thursday. The government has released strict orders to make helmet compulsory from November 12, for which the RTA and traffic police have intensified patrolling.
According to recent statistics, with the government having been continuously launching alerts on the rule, the number of motorists using helmets have increased in city limits.
However, as the deadline continues to be ambiguous, there still exists a marginal number of motorists who refuse to wear helmets.
Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) K Mahendrapatrudu said that, “As initial warning we are just collecting `100 as fine from the violators but if one is repeatedly caught their license will be cancelled.” Meanwhile, in order to avoid paying fine, some motorists are wearing old helmets of low quality as a temporary measure. Responding to this, the police said that the rules are imposed for one’s safety, and that wearing low-quality helmets will not help the overall idea of promoting safety.