Is it illegal to drive a two-wheeler without a helmet?

Driving Without a Helmet Penalty

Do any of you who are reading this post keep your front door open at night? Isn't that correct? You don't jeopardise your safety for anything. Similarly, you don't want to endanger your life while riding on the road. Driving without a helmet is like putting your life at danger. Wearing a helmet is required in all Indian states. It is applicable to both the driver and the pillion passengers.

According to Section 129 of the Motor Vehicle Act, the helmet shall have a thickness of 20-25 mm and exceptional quality foam. The helmet should also bear the ISI mark and adhere to the Bureau of Standards.

Is it illegal to drive a two-wheeler without a helmet?

Yes, it is illegal to drive a two-wheeler without a helmet.

What is the fine for driving a two-wheeler without wearing a helmet?

If you make the mistake of driving without a helmet, you will be fined Rs.1000/- instantly. Not only that, but officials from the Motor Vehicle Department have the authority to suspend your driving privileges for three months. Prior to the change to the Motor Vehicle Act, failure to wear a helmet resulted in a fine of merely Rs.100/-.

If you are caught driving without a helmet and the traffic cops catch you, you will face the following penalties:

  • Stop your car and ask you to pull over to the side of the road.
  • They have the right to confiscate your keys until their procedure is completed.
  • The police will request the car documentation and determine whether or not they are legitimate. They will also prove that you are not committed any other crimes except driving without a licence.
  • Following the verification, you will be issued a challan for not wearing a helmet. It will be issued in your name, showing the amount of penalties you must pay under the Motor Vehicle Act of 2019. Unlike in the past, a traffic officer can now issue you an e-challan.
  • You have the option of paying the Rs.1000/- fine online or offline as soon as you receive the challan.

For offline:

Visit the nearest traffic police station in your area. Ask for the amount you are liable to pay for the impending fine. Clear the dues, take the receipt and you are free.

For online use:

  • Visit the State Transportation Department's website.
  • There is a section for paying an e-challan or a traffic penalty there. Once you've found it, click on it.
  • Enter your vehicle identification number or challan number. The captcha code can then be entered.
  • Make your payment using a debit or credit card. You may also pay the fine online with Paytm.
  • Following the payment, you will receive a message confirming receipt.

Get yourself free and in future abide by the law.

Tips for avoiding a citation for driving without a helmet :

Here are some strategies for avoiding penalties for driving without a helmet:

  • Always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle (according to the specifications). It is for your own protection, not the sake of others.
  • Keep a spare helmet on hand for the pillion rider.
  • Purchase a helmet lock so that it is constantly on your two-wheeler and you will have less possibilities of receiving a fine. Alternatively, keep it in your two-built-in wheeler's storage bins.


The material on this page was compiled from several internet domains, news websites, and government sources. They may evolve over time. Before making any decisions, please check the official government websites and verify the facts.

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