Goa govt makes wearing helmets compulsory

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 12, 2013 15:12 hrs

Panaji, Feb 12 (IBNS) The Goa Transport Department is finally set to implement the compulsory wearing of helmets for two-wheeler riders on all roads, however, this time exempting the municipal areas. The fresh rule will be applied from the next week.

The decision comes six months after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition made futile attempts to implement wearing of helmets for riders and pillion riders on all roads, including state highways, major district roads and even village roads.

Massive opposition from various quarters, especially the motorcycle pilots, forced the government to defer the implementation restricting it to highways only.

Addressing a press conference Tuesday evening, State Transport Director Arun Desai said few changes are made to make it convenient for riders and also ensuring protection.

"It is necessary to wear helmets due to grim statistics showing increasing number of fatal accidents among the two wheelers although a decline in the number of road accidents has been recorded in the last two years," he said.

The department has also decided to crackdown on vehicles with tinted glasses excusing the VVIP vehicles on grounds of security. Tints of more than 3000 cases were removed last calendar year.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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