Meghalaya: Rs 54, 000 fine imposed on first day of helmet rule in Shillong

The Shillong Traffic Police also applauded the gesture of the people from Shillong who followed the rule on the first day.
Meghalaya: Rs 54, 000 fine imposed on first day of helmet rule in Shillong

SHILLONG:

The Shillong traffic police on Tuesday released a fine of Rs 54,000 after many of the pillion riders did not wear helmets.

The traffic police had issued challans to two-wheeler owners if the pillion rider does not wear a helmet.

“54 two-wheelers owners were fined. A fine of Rs 54,00 was released,” Superintendents of police (Traffic), Siddharth Ambedkar informed.

He said that being the first day; they had not imposed a fine on everyone and as part to create awareness, the traffic personnel had directed the two-wheelers owners to purchase helmets for the pillion riders.

Pillion riders are at the third-highest risk of dying in a fatal road accident, with the highest risk being to two-wheeler riders and pedestrians.

As per MV Act of 1989, the fine for not wearing a helmet is Rs 1000 and the rider will be issued a challan for the same amount if his pillion rider is not wearing a helmet.

The Shillong Traffic Police also applauded the gesture of the people from Shillong who followed the rule on the first day.

“Shillong witnessed the discipline of our Two-wheeler Riders and Pillion Riders on Tuesday. In this regard, Shillong Traffic Police would like to appreciate and congratulate every two-wheeler user for complying with our request,” Shillong Traffic Police said in a Facebook post.

With helmets becoming mandatory for pillion riders, many of the shops selling helmets in the city also saw good business.

A shopkeeper in Keating Road said, “The sales of helmets have picked up in the last few days”.

(Edited by Laxmi Chyrmang)

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