Effective 9th June 2022 Mumbai Police made wearing a helmet mandatory for both the rider and the pillion on a motorcycle. As per section 129 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 the rider and the pillion both are required to wear a helmet, however, it was not followed.
The Traffic Police had run several campaigns and also through nakabandi’s were issuing challans to riders riding without helmets. Though they were not issuing challans for those riding as pillions earlier. Considering the safety of the rider and pillion the Traffic Police now has made it mandatory for both the rider and the pillion to wear helmets.
After the law being in effect yesterday, the traffic police issued challans to numerous offender on the first day itself. The traffic police issued nearly 3,421 challans towards pillions riding without a helmet in Mumbai. Most of these offenders were from the south Mumbai region. Moreover, the traffic police shall suspend the license for 3 months and also, fine them INR. 500/- each.
Moreover, around 2,334 challans issued to riders riding without a helmet. This was after the warning issued by the traffic police on 25th May 2022. The warning had clearly stated the law being strictly followed effective 9th June 2022.
The traffic police have been extremely firm on implementing the helmet rule and have been urging the citizens to follow the same through their Twitter handle.
So far, Colaba, Azad Maidan, Marine Drive, Malabar hill, Dongri, Kalbadevi, Byculla, Wadala and Nagpada have recorded maximum offenders. Followed by the western, eastern and central suburbs with Bhoiwada individually reporting maximum offenders.
Police Commissioner – Shri Sanjay Pandey
The commissioner of police Shri. Sanjay Pandey has once again requested the citizens of Mumbai to obey the law by wearing a helmet. Further, he also added 47% of accidental deaths in road mishaps in Mumbai are of two-wheeler as per the RTO records. In the past, the traffic police had increased the fine from INR. 100/- to INR. 500/- for the rider not wearing the helmet.