NEW DELHI :
Days after amendments in the Motor Vehicles Act came into force from September 1, a town in Bihar has imposed a new rule under which petrol and diesel will not be given to those who are riding a bike without helmet or car drivers not wearing seat belts.
Darbhanga district transport officer has issued an order to all the petrol pumps to not entertain two-wheelers without a helmet, ANI reported.
"All the petrol pumps are requested not to entertain two-wheelers without helmets. People without helmets will not be granted oil," a release by the district transport officer said.
"It is also requested that the drivers of four-wheelers will only be given oil if the seat belt is on," it added.
From June, a similar rule was started in Noida and Greater Noida towns in Delhi-NCR area. Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration had ordered all fuel retailers to not sell petrol or diesel to all bikers coming without helmets.
The helmet rules are meant to improve road safety.
Under the new traffic rules that came into effect from 1 September, a biker can be fined as much as ₹1,000 for driving without helmet and may also face disqualification of driving license for a period of 3 months.
For those travelling without a seat belt, the fine is ₹1,000.
Transport officers in Bihar's Motihari town have hit upon a unique idea to not fine those without helmet. The traffic police there has roped in helmet sellers who have set up stalls near police checking points. All those coming without helmets are directed to vendors selling helmets.
In this way, neither hefty fines are imposed nor traffic rules are being broken. Violators learn a lesson too as each time they forget the helmet they have to buy a new one.