Chandigarh traffic cops to challan women riders without helmet from September 5

Under the new rule, women in general are no more exempted from wearing helmets. Only turbaned Sikhs — both men and women — enjoy this exemption under the notification issued on July 6.

punjab Updated: Aug 30, 2018 11:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Chandigarh senior superintendent of police Nilambari Jagdale leading a helmet awareness rally that was flagged off from the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, on Wednesday. (HT Photo )

Opposition of Sikh bodies notwithstanding, women caught riding two-wheelers without a helmet in Chandigarh will be challaned September 5 onwards. While first-time offenders have to pay up Rs 300, the fine gets doubled subsequently.

Under the new rule, women in general are no more exempted from wearing helmets. Only turbaned Sikhs — both men and women — enjoy this exemption under the notification issued on July 6. In the neighbouring Punjab and Haryana, all Sikh women can ride two-wheelers without helmet.

After having conducted awareness drives for two months, the Chandigarh traffic police are finally going to implement the amended rule.

This was announced at a helmet awareness rally flagged off by road accident victims at Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, on Wednesday. Riding a two-wheeler, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nilambari Jagdale led around 200 women participants in this rally.

“Our priority is to ensure safety of motorists and riders. Challaning is only a method to enforce this,” said SSP (traffic) Shashank Anand, adding that only sensitised women officers will be issuing the challans.

Besides awareness drives at various schools and colleges, traffic officials have been distributing helmets and other gifts, including coffee mugs, magnets, roses and pens, to women riders to make them aware of the new rule.

The Chandigarh administration, through a notification, had amended the Chandigarh Motor Vehicle Rules, 1990, on July 6.

Akal Takht, the highest Sikh temporal seat, has opposed the notification, stating that “no court or any government authority had the right to define a Sikh”.

Chandigarh administrator VP Singh Badnore had refused to intervene in the matter.

Traffic violators beware

After getting the approval of Chandigarh director general of police, the department will be observing “zero tolerance day” towards traffic violations on Thursday.

The first-of-its-kind initiative in the tricity will be organised once every month. Between 8am and 8pm, besides traffic police, all cops deployed at various police stations, police posts and other field units will be issuing challans to motorists and two-wheeler riders flouting traffic rules.

Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Pawan Kumar, the department’s public relations officer, said: “This is the first time that such an initiative will be seen in Chandigarh.”

During a similar initiative in Gurugram earlier this year, the number of challans for the day had gone up four times the average.

First Published: Aug 30, 2018 11:12 IST