Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar: The Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU) administration has made the use of helmets mandatory for teachers, officials, students and visitors riding motorcycles on the campus. No entry will be allowed in the premises without proper cap.
The Regional Transport Office (RTO) recently sent a letter to the university, urging it to enforce the use of helmets among the stakeholders.
Citing safety concerns, the RTO highlighted that a significant percentage of serious accidents result in injury or death due to absence of helmets. The RTO requested the university to ensure that helmets are mandatory for all teaching and non-teaching staff members, as well as visitors.
In response, the Bamu administration issued a circular requiring teachers, officials, staff and visitors to wear helmets. Failure to comply with this instruction will result in denial of entry into the campus.
Legal provisions for the use of helmets:
As per the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, the following actions can be taken against riders who do not wear helmets:
Wearing of protective headgear: Persons above the age of four years, driving or riding any type of motor cycle in public areas, shall wear protective headgear which conforms to the standards prescribed by the Central Government.
Penalty for non-compliance: Any person driving or allowing a motorcycle to be driven in contravention of section 129 or the relevant rules and regulations may face a fine or license disqualification of three months.
(Note: The information provided is based on the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 as on the cutoff date of my information in September 2021. There may be updates or changes since that time.)
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