In a move aimed at improving safety on roads, the Madhya Pradesh government on Monday directed collectors to ensure implementation of the 'no helmet, no petrol' rule.
Food and civil supplies commissioner Manohar Agnani has written to all district collectors asking them to rigorously implement Section 10 of Motor Spirit and High Speed Diesel Oil Order, 1980, which allows punishment to those guilty under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.
Bhopal collector Nikunj Shrivastava had issued a similar order in the state capital only a few years ago.
He had directed petrol pump owners not to refuel two-wheeler, if the rider was not wearing helmet. The impact of the order fizzled out soon after the transfer of the collector.
Taking a cue from this order, the state government has issued a letter to collectors to use the same provision to enforce use of helmet across the state. Awareness posters would also come up at all petrol pumps to inform riders to wear helmets for refuel.
According to recent data, every one minute a person dies and four are injured seriously in road accidents across the nation.
India stands tenth in number of road mishap deaths cases, World Health Organistion data reveals. It also says that road accidents cause a loss of 3% of the total GDP.