Bhubaneswar: The State Government has made helmet mandatory for pillion riders in the interest of safety.
“In the interest of safety, it will be compulsory for pillion riders to wear helmets. Besides, passengers along with driver will also wear seat belt while travelling in car. It will come into force from March 1,” said Commerce and Transport Minister Padmanabh Behera today after attending a national-level meeting on road safety in New Delhi.
He also informed that the Centre was urged to consider the proposal of reduction of the fine amount for different traffic violations under the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019.
Notably, the State Government has extended the deadline to implement the amended traffic rules by three more months ending February 29 in a bid to allow public to ensure compliance to various provisions of the Act.
However, strict enforcement against dangerous life threatening actions like drunken driving, over speeding, driving against flow of traffic, using mobile while driving, dangerous driving, triple riding, over loading, jumping red light, no helmet and seatbelt, is being implemented in the State.
Under the new traffic rules, violations such as drunken driving attract a fine of Rs 10,000 while penalty for driving without a licence attracts Rs 5,000. Similarly, not wearing helmet while riding two-wheeler attracts fine of Rs 1,000.