The Madras High Court (HC) on 17 June 2015 directed the Tamil Nadu Government to make wearing of helmets for two-wheelers compulsory from 1 July 2015 onwards. This direction was given with concern over the increasing number of people losing their lives in road accidents.
The order was passed by Justice N Kirubakaran who directed the State Home Secretary to make the public aware of the happening through media under Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
The high court also told officials to install CCTV cameras in all junctions and roads for monitoring the implementation of the respective order. If the rider fails to comply with the rule, then his/her documents like driving licence will be impounded by the concerned authorities.
The Surface Transport Ministry was told to look into the design of helmets to provide adequate visibility on the front and on the sides as well.
Tamil Nadu has always been careless regarding the rule despite the various judgments given by the Supreme Court and various other High Courts regarding the same rule.
Over the last 10 years in Tamil Nadu, a total of 41330 people lost their lives in accidents as they were not wearing helmets and some 4253038 cases of non-compliance of the same were registered. Also, a total of 62413 cases pertaining to head injuries were filed in the last 10 years.
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When: 17 June 2015