Bhubaneswar: As previously announced by the State Transport Department, a massive awareness drive has been launched in several parts of Odisha to ensure that pillion riders also wear helmets which holds the key in minimising loss of life in road accidents. Crackdown is also underway against violators of the traffic regulations in many parts of the State.
As per the provisions of the amended Motor Vehicles (MV) Act, a two-wheeler rider would invite suspension of his Driving Licence (DL) for a period of three months if found riding the vehicle without wearing a helmet. The new rule came into effect from New Year (January 1, 2021) today.
Besides, the Odisha government had also made helmets mandatory for the pillion riders as well in the State.
Clear instructions were also issued in this regard and the State Transport Department secretary had earlier written to the Odisha DGP, asking him to enforce the laws strictly across the State.
As per section 194 D of the Motor Vehicles Act, whoever drives a motorcycle or causes or allows a motorcycle to be driven in contravention of the provision of section 129 or the rules of regulation made thereunder shall be punishable with a fine of Rs 1000 and he shall be disqualified for holding license for a period of three months.
The Commerce and Transport department has asked the Road Transport Officers (RTOs) to submit list of the violators and suspension of their DLs.
(Edited By Suryakant Jena)