Strictly enforce helmet rule, MV Act: Andhra HC to police

As per the rules, Yogesh said, the person driving the vehicle as well as the pillion rider are required to wear a helmet.
The HC of Andhra on Wednesday directed the State government and police to ensure that motorists wear a helmet
The HC of Andhra on Wednesday directed the State government and police to ensure that motorists wear a helmet File Photo

VIJAYAWADA : The High Court of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday directed the State government and police to ensure that motorists wear a helmet and that the Motor Vehicles Act is implemented properly.

The Bench, comprising Chief Justice Dheeraj Kumar Singh and Justice N Jayasurya, ordered that motorists found riding two-wheelers without a helmet should not be spared.

The court issued the orders while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by advocate Tandav Yogesh.

Yogesh informed the High Court that the MV Act was not being implemented and that violators were not being penalised.

Stressing the need to wear helmets while riding two-wheelers, the petitioner pointed out, “In 2022, a total of 3,703 deaths occurred due to road accidents. Of the total, 3,042 died because they were not wearing protective headgear.”

Further, he alleged that traffic police officers were not taking action against such violators. Yogesh also sought the court to give instructions to officers of traffic and other police wings, who can impose fines under the Motor Vehicles Act, to wear body cameras while enforcing the helmet rule. 

File counter on action taken: HC to govt

He informed the court that the police and other law enforcing agencies were not using speed guns, body cameras, and automatic number plate recognition gadgets which are part of implementing road safety measures. The judges said they too have observed motorists riding bikes without a helmet in Vijayawada.

As per the rules, Yogesh said, the person driving the vehicle as well as the pillion rider are required to wear a helmet. However, with police not enforcing the rules, people are violating the law, he added.

The bench agreed with Yogesh’s argument and asked the State government to file a counter on the action taken to implement traffic laws. The matter was posted for further hearing after four weeks.

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