Kerala police crack down on pillion riders without helmets

Kerala police, along with the Motor Vehicle Department of the state, intensified vehicle-checking and also wearing of helmets by pillion riders.

The Kerala High Court had recently asked the state government to make it mandatory for the pillion riders also to wear helmets.

The Transport Commissioner has instructed the vehicle inspectors to warn the riders initially.

As the new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, it is mandatory for every person above four years of age to don the helmet. All pillion riders who violate the rule would be fined Rs 500 under the Act.

The high court order came while disposing of an appeal filed by the state government against a single-judge order staying rule 347A of the Kerala Motor Vehicles Act which exempted the pillion riders from wearing helmets.