Reissuing his appeal, transport minister Raja Mahendra Aridaman Singh on Friday asked the state’s fuel station owners to cooperate with the government in implementing the ‘no helmet, no petrol’ decision in the interest of road safety.
He held a meeting with Lucknow Petrol Dealers’ Association president Ranjit Kumar to impress upon dealers the need for orders banning supplyof petrol to the two-wheeler riders not wearing helmets.
Singh also appealed to guardians not to allow their wards to ride a bike without a helmet.
The minister pointed out that a majority of those killed in road accidents were two-wheeler riders and the biggest cause of death was head injury. “Use of a helmet can save many lives,” he stressed.
Kumar, however, made the minister aware of practical difficulties that petrol pump owners might face while denying petrol to those without helmets. He also suggested deployment of a traffic constable at each petrol pump for smooth execution of the orders.
The petrol pump owners, it may be recalled, have been resisting the transport minister’s ‘no petrol, no helmet’ suggestion.