Ahmedabad: In yet another relaxation in stringent provisions of the amended Motor Vehicles Act (MVA), the Gujarat government relaxed compulsory helmet rule in areas under municipal corporations and municipalities, but the headgear will remain mandatory for two-wheeler riders on highways and in rural areas.
The decision to make wearing of helmets voluntary for two-wheeler riders was taken by the state cabinet after the government received many representations against the compulsory headgear rule under the Act, which was amended by Parliament a few months ago.
“The decision was taken after many deliberations as the government had received representations to relax the rule in city limits. However, wearing helmets will be compulsory on highways and rural areas, he added.
The relaxation in the rule means police would not be able to fine offenders who are not wearing helmets in city limits of Gujarat while riding two-wheelers. The amended MVA had affected hefty increase in fines for traffic offences in an attempt to check accidents and improve road safety in the country.
The hefty fines imposed on traffic violations under the new Act had caused an uproar in public and several states had protested against the norms. The BJP government in Gujarat was first to relax fines suggested in the new MVA.