Applicants for permanent two-wheeler driving licences will now be allowed to take the test only if they are wearing a helmet
With the traffic police cracking the whip on those riding two-wheelers without a helmet, the Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) has also jumped onto the bandwagon.
A New beginning: An applicant wears a helmet while giving his test at the Phulenagar RTO. Pic/Mohan Patil
Regional Transport Officer Jitendra Patil instructed motor vehicle inspectors yesterday that applicants for permanent two-wheeler driving licences will be allowed to take the test only if they are wearing a helmet. He also sent a notice to all staff members stating that those coming on two-wheelers will not be allowed to enter the RTO premises from today if they are not wearing a helmet. The same rule will apply to citizens coming to the RTO for any work.
“It is mandatory for applicants appearing for the permanent driving licence test for two-wheelers to wear a
helmet. We had not been implementing the rule effectively, but, with the increasing number of fatal accidents in the city, we thought it was important to take this step,” said Patil.
“We will ensure that the rule is followed religiously. We have circulated a notice to all our staff members also to wear a helmet if they are riding on a two-wheeler. There will be no exceptions and even if our staff members are caught entering the RTO premises on a two-wheeler without wearing a helmet, they will have to pay a fine of R100.”
On an average, more than 300 applicants appear for the permanent driving licence test for two-wheelers everyday at the Pune RTO’s Phulenagar premises. Yesterday, more than 100 were sent back as they were not wearing a helmet while appearing for the test.
Phulenagar RTO in-charge, Deputy Regional Transport Officer Anil Valiv said, “We are going to make the rule more stringent from next week. Riders without a helmet will not be allowed to enter the premises. We want to spread awareness about the importance of wearing a helmet.”