‘No helmet, no fuel’ rule implemented in Maharashtra for bikers


Mumbai: Maharashtra government have announced that bikers without helmet will not be allowed to buy fuel in the state. This initiative have been taken by the government on Thursday concerning the road safety of the public.

"As per the recommendations of the Road Safety Committee constituted by the Supreme Court, the state is making all efforts to curtail road accidents and casualties", Raote told India Today.

It has become mandatory for motorcycle riders to wear helmets in Maharashtra.

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Maharashta is not the only state to start such a scheme, some states like Kerela will also implement such a rule from this August. While, Bengal have already implemented it.

The Poona Petrol Dealers Association have opposed the move and termed it "impractical". It also added that, the move would cause "tremendous inconvenience".

"It is going to cause tremendous inconvenience to citizens of Pune and petroleum dealers….Pune city has the highest population of two-wheelers in India and due to lack of good public transport it is humanly not possible for handful of dealers to manage this huge population of two-wheelers," said the association, in a release on Thursday.

It is the police who should enforce the compulsory helmet rule, it added.

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Ali Daruwala, said that if they continued in the same vein, it may even disallow sale of petrol to those who don't possess a pollution-under-control certificate or driving license.