The Mumbai Traffic Police have fined 1,86,142 two-wheeler riders for not wearing helmets and have started the process of suspending licenses in 10,077 cases.
A top police officer stated on Wednesday that the Mumbai Traffic Police would begin fining two-wheeler riders who ride without a helmet from June 9.
"We've seen that a significant proportion of pillion riders in Mumbai do not wear helmets, We have given such folks 15 days before we begin penalizing pillion riders," said Raj Tilak Roushan, deputy commissioner of police (Traffic Head Quarter).
When motorcyclists are detected without a helmet, cops issue them an e-challan for a Rs 500 fine and, in certain circumstances, file a request with the Regional Transport Office (RTO) to suspend the violator's driving licence for three months.
In addition, offenders must view traffic safety training movies at local traffic police stations to explain the dangers of riding two-wheelers without a helmet. They must sign a document certifying that they have seen the instructional films after seeing the video.
Currently, riders who do not wear a helmet face a Rs 500 fine or have their licenses suspended. Pillion riders who do not wear helmets will face a comparable punishment. Sections 129 and Sections 194 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, will apply to the offence.
Between March 6 and May 22, traffic officers fined 1,86,142 two-wheeler riders for not wearing helmets and filed 10,077 requests to the Regional Transport Office (RTO) for driving license suspension.
Every day, an average of 1,200 two-wheeler motorcyclists are penalized for riding without a helmet, according to Roushan.
According to Roushan, the police department is also writing to schools and universities to raise awareness about road safety and the helmet regulation.
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