Notices to firms continue; while some citizens welcome move, others oppose it; activist says authority neglecting more important issues
The Pune Regional Transport Office has been issuing notices to all the companies in the district to make use of helmets mandatory for their employees while riding two-wheelers.
Speaking to Mirror, regional transport officer Sanjeev Bhor said, We have been issuing notices to all the companies and establishments in Pune district for helmet compulsion in their concerns. The notices have been issued for the past three months. Violation will attract fines and action will be taken under sections 129 and 194(d) of the Motor Vehicle Act.
As per the provisions of Section 194(d), the RTO has asked the companies to submit a list of people entering the company premises without a helmet with CCTV footage.
The notice mentions that the step has been taken after a comparative analysis of accidents that occurred in the Pune district in 2022 and 2023 where it was seen that the proportion of two-wheelers and pedestrians was the highest among the total road accidents that occurred in these years. In 70 to 80 per cent cases, two-wheelers and pedestrians were involved in these accidents. Taking into consideration this worrying data, the RTO decided to make use of helmets compulsory on Pune roads.
According to the RTO, the use of helmets while riding is very important from the point of view of road safety. It has been observed that most of the motorists who are injured or killed in two-wheeler accidents are those travelling without helmets. Therefore, a comprehensive awareness and enforcement campaign regarding the use of helmets is being implemented in the Pune district.
While the helmet compulsion is not new for citizens, the Punekars have always been skeptical about wearing them. Previously, the decision has seen mixed reactions; some citizens welcomed it while others opposed it.
By now, many IT companies and other establishments in various MIDCs in Pune district have made the use of helmets mandatory while entering the working premises.
A BPO employee working at Commerzone in Yerwada said on the condition of anonymity: We are not allowed to enter the company premises without a helmet on a two-wheeler. The security guard will not let you in and ask you to park the two-wheeler outside the company premises. In such a case, there is a chance that your vehicle might get towed away. This is a welcome move by the RTO.
Vivek Velankar, president of Sajag Nagrik Manch, said, The RTO authorities first need to solve the basic traffic issues plaguing the city. There are issues like clearing the jam-packed and narrow roads. While overloaded trucks plying on the roads that pose a threat to the commuters, auto rickshaws with fake registrations, and many other issues are grasping the city, the RTO is concentrating on riders without helmets in the companies as they are soft targets.
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