Helmet rule: 128 women riders challaned in Chandigarh on Day 1
The traffic police will continue their awareness campaign for another 10 days while also issuing challans to the offenders.punjab Updated: Sep 06, 2018 10:54 IST
Even as local Sikh bodies protested the move, the Chandigarh traffic police issued 128 challans to women two-wheeler riders found not wearing helmets on the first day of implementation of the amended rules.
The traffic police will continue their awareness campaign for another 10 days while also issuing challans to the offenders.
The amended Chandigarh Motor Vehicle Rules notified on July 6 exempt only turbaned Sikh women from wearing helmets, unlike the neighbouring Punjab and Haryana, where all Sikh women are exempted. Even pillion riders come under the ambit of these rules.
While first-time offenders have to pay up Rs 300, the fine will get doubled subsequently.
Cops were seen deployed at major intersections during the peak hours in the morning. Many women claimed they were not aware of the rules despite extensive awareness campaigns carried out in the past two months.
There were two major nakas between 9am and 11am — one at the GMSH chowk in Sector 16, where 52 challans were issued, and the other at the Sector 36/37 light point, where 76 challans were issued. Women cops were deployed to supervise the drive at both these nakas.
Sikh delegation submits memo
Meanwhile, the Chandigarh Samuh Gurdwara Parbandhak Sangathan organised a two-wheeler protest rally that started from Sector 34 for the Governor House. However, police barricaded the Sector 33/34 road to stop the rally.
The protesters, who were raising slogans, were pacified by senior officials and a delegation was allowed to go and meet the governer. It was headed by Hardeep Singh, head of the Akali Dal’s local unit.
The delegation submitted a memorandum against the notification to the aide-de-camp to the governor, KB Singh, who said it will be sent to the Union ministry of home affairs.
Even as Hardeep Singh later told mediapersons that the challaning drive has been put on hold for 10 days, senior superintendent of police (SSP, traffic) Shashank Anand refuted it.
“As we found many women were still unaware of the new rules, we will continue the awareness drive for 10 days, but we will also be challaning the violators,” he said.
First Published: Sep 06, 2018 10:54 IST