Bikers defy admin’s helmet drive in city
The district administration’s order that people riding motorcycles without wearing helmets will not be allowed to buy petrol in the city from Monday has failed to take effect in a big way.delhi Updated: May 16, 2011 23:59 IST
The district administration’s order that people riding motorcycles without wearing helmets will not be allowed to buy petrol in the city from Monday has failed to take effect in a big way.
The order was followed in some pockets, but several "bareheaded" bikers were seen getting their fill.
Some "borrowed" helmets "just for a second" from those in the queues and easily flouted the order. Those manning the petrol pumps looked reluctant in sticking to the no-helmet-no-petrol line.
Officials first urged petrol pump operators to advice people on motorbikes to wear helmets as a pre-condition before they can get petrol.
Meetings were held with college managements so that more awareness can be created.
Around 40 per cent of bikers who get to petrol stations fur fuel don't wear helmets, the traffic police department has roughly calculated. The idea was to avoid fatal accidents, officials said.
Noida and Greater Noida have more than 200 colleges and a substantial number of students have often been seen violating traffic norms.
Traffic police officers say there are more than 70,000 motorcycles in the city. There is an annual increase of 10,000. This is primarily because of students. Police say 5% to 7% drivers in the city are minors.
In a year, 90 minors on an average are caught driving
and fined. The number of actual violators, who escape without being caught due to laxity among traffic cops, is much more.