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No helmet, No fuel: Bengaluru Police to implement new rule

Bengaluru City Police have decided to tighten their grip on helmetless riders by denying them fuel at stations. While a lot needs to be done before implementing the rule, some of the petrol bunk owners are happy with the initiative

No helmet, No fuel: Bengaluru Police to implement new rule
Bengaluru, First Published Jul 28, 2019, 1:15 PM IST

Bengaluru: Flouting traffic rules could cost you a lot now in the city. While fines were increased earlier this month, the city’s Traffic Police have now decided to deprive motorists riding without helmets of fuel.

In order to track down helmetless riders in the city, Bengaluru Traffic Police have introduced the new initiative, ‘No helmet, No fuel’. Based on the initiative, motorists without helmets will be denied fuel at stations.

Additional commissioner of police (Traffic), P Harishekaran reportedly said that they have taken this initiative with an aim to prevent injuries caused in accidents. Since fuel is an essential commodity, police expect people to wear helmets at least when they go to refuel their vehicle, he stated.

Harishekaran reportedly said that the proposal will be implemented by issuing executive orders.

While the initiative will reduce the number of people riding sans helmet, the fuel station staff might be at risk. Reports state that a petrol bunk owner raised concerns over his staff’s safety as many motorists do not behave politely. He reportedly asked what his staffs’ plight would be if they denied fuel to such customers.

Ravi Hamsa from Bengaluru Petrol Bunks Association reportedly said that police and state government should create awareness among the public, before implementing any such orders. He reportedly said that the government should come out with proper rules.

Though many such concerns exist, few fuel station operators were happy with the new initiative.

The police will hold a meeting with various fuel station representatives, associations and companies in this regard, reports stated.

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