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Road safety month: Puducherry appeals two-wheeler riders to wear helmets

  • Puducherry reports the maximum number of fatalities in road mishaps and most deaths occur due to non-wearing of helmets by riders, Lt Governor Kiran Bedi said.

Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi has appealed to two-wheeler riders in the Union Territory to wear helmets.

Addressing people through video during the month-long road safety programme since January 18, she said the Central law has been notified as it is applicable to the Union Territory of Puducherry as much as for states.

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"Puducherry reports the maximum number of fatalities in road mishaps and most deaths occur due to non-wearing of helmets by riders," she said.

Puducherry reports 72.3 per cent fatal accidents out of one lakh mishaps while the national average is 13.5 per cent.

(Also read | Nitin Gadkari asks states to accord top priority to road safety)

According to new amendment made in the Motor Vehicles Act, riders of two-wheelers would be fined 1,000 if they don't put on helmets. "The riding licence will be impounded for three months," she said. "It is a provision in the Act passed by Parliament and not a political legislation," the former IPS officer clarified.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

  • First Published Date : 31 Jan 2021, 09:27 AM IST