Hyderabad Traffic police are handing out free helmets instead of chalans to motorists who are violating traffic rules according to a report.

At a time when India is divided in its opinion on whether the hefty penalties under the new Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) are worthy, Telangana state has declared that it will not implement the new MVA in the state. The Rachkonda Traffic Police has introduced a unique initiative on Sunday, September 15. Cops are providing free helmets, insurance cover to motorists who don’t have them. They are also arranging pollution certificates for riders whose motorcycles and scooters are not certified.

According to Rachakonda police commissioner, Mahesh Bhagwat,

This is an effort to sensitise the motorists. We are counselling them to buy helmets rather than paying a hefty sum on penalties. A good ISI standard helmet costs about Rs 800, but the fine for not having one is Rs 1,000, so we are advising motorists to buy and wear helmets instead of paying fines. Similarly, a pollution certificate would cost just around Rs 50, but the fine for it is heavy under the new MV act. So, we are counselling the violators to not lose their money on fines, and instead use that money to get all their paperwork done and buy a helmet for their own safety.

The Commissioner added that the intent is not to collect fines but to educate motorists to follow traffic rules for their own safety. In addition to the above documents, the police has also tied up with the Regional Transport Authorities and are booking slots for motorists who do not have a licence.

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On Sunday, during the enforcement drive, the police found around 260 motorists violating the helmet law. Within a few days of its introduction, the initiative has gained widespread appreciation from across the country.

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So, what do you think – is collecting hefty fines the solution or shall we take a leaf out of this Hyderabad Police’s initiative to ensure better traffic sense among motorists?

Source The News Minute