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Motorists caught without helmet and seat belt to attend special ‘classes’

“All people who are penalized for not wearing helmets and seat-belts will have to attend compulsory classes for two hours in the respective regional transport offices before they can pay the penalty and are finally let go of,” transport commissioner D Senthil Pandian said, adding that the violators will be given tips on road safety during the sessions.

dehradun Updated: Jul 07, 2017 20:44 IST
Neha Pant
Two men without helmets ride a scooty in Dehradun.
Two men without helmets ride a scooty in Dehradun. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)

DEHRADUN: The transport department will now hold special ‘classes’ in all 13 districts for motorists caught without wearing seat belts and helmets to inculcate road safety in them.

At a meeting held here recently, transport commissioner D Senthil Pandian directed the department officials to ensure that traffic rule violators attend compulsory classes in all the districts. The classes are already on in Dehradun district for over a year and a half now, and the sessions will now be extended to other districts.

“All people who are penalized for not wearing helmets and seat-belts will have to attend compulsory classes for two hours in the respective regional transport offices before they can pay the penalty and are finally let go of,” Pandian said, adding that the violators will be given tips on road safety during the sessions.

But locals wondered if such classes would make much of a difference in improving road safety behaviour, given the fact that they were hardly taken seriously by most rule violators.

In fact, according to the statistics provided by the regional transport office (RTO), only 607 – or less than half of the total 1,327 violators - attended such classes at the Dehradun RTO since December 2015 when the classes were introduced. A total of 899 two-wheeler riders were penalized for not wearing helmets while 428 motorists for not wearing seat belts from December 2015 to June 2017.

“A large number of violators chose to not pay the penalty and skipped the classes,” an RTO official said, adding that the classes included screening of short films on the importance of following road safety rules and tips on risk and accident reduction.

“Making them sit for tedious lectures by itself may not necessarily motivate them for following the traffic rules next time. Since wearing seat belts and helmets can greatly reduce mortality rate, the government should make provisions like on the spot seizure of vehicles or suspension of drivers’ licenses for these violations,” Doon Residents’ Welfare Front president Mahesh Bhandari asserted.