Pillion riders will have to compulsory wear a helmet in Karnataka. The Belagavi Traffic police has been informed about the same and implementation could begin from Wednesday 28/10/2020.
Karnataka state government has made more stringent rules under which the driving licence (DL) of violators will be suspended for three months if they are not wearing helmets.
Also Helmets are made compulsory for children above the age of four years.
As per law both the driver and the pillion rider are supposed wear protective head gear.
The rule applies to all parts of Karnataka, regardless of rural or urban limits.
According to Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act, every person driving or riding (otherwise than in a side car, on a motor cycle of any class or description) shall, while in a public place, wear protective headgear conforming to the standards of Bureau of Indian Standards.
According to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, riding without a helmet will attract Rs 1,000 fine and a three-month suspension of the licence. The state had reduced the fine to Rs 500.
Section 194D of the Motor Vehicle Act 1988 has bee. Amended for including the suspension of licence.
All RTOs have been directed to furnish details of DLs suspended for violation of the helmet rule, by the fifth of every month.
The notification cited Section 129 of the MV Act for making helmets must for children above the age of four years.