Kolkata: No two-wheeler rider will be given petrol at the petrol pump if he or she is found without a helmet within the jurisdiction of Kolkata Police from December 8.

According to Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma, the rule will be applicable in the city from December 8 to February 5.

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According to the order, “No petrol pump within the jurisdiction of Kolkata Police shall henceforth sell petrol to any such two-wheeler rider who arrives at the petrol pump riding a two-wheeler without wearing a helmet as well as carries pillion rider without a helmet.”

Speaking at an event, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the state government will give helmets to those who cannot afford it.

Mamata Banerjee said, “Wear a helmet and ride bikes. I am not like those governments that say you have to pay Rs 2,000 if you don`t wear a mask. I would rather request you all to wear a mask.”

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“The government will give helmets to those who cannot afford it. One can report to their local police station and register their names, addresses. They will be given helmets," she added.

Nearly half of over 1.8 million vehicles registered in Kolkata in 2019 were two-wheelers and the police registered around 93,855 cases of rash driving in the same year.