The High Court of Madras has refused to exempt women and children from the ‘helmet rule’. It was responding to a public interest litigation petition filed with the Court in this regard.
Helmet-wearing for 2-wheeler riders and those riding the pillion have been made mandatory in Tamil Nadu. Those who don’t use helmets are getting fined at almost all the places in the State. The High Court of Madras recently passed an order making it mandatory for all – including women and children – to wear helmets.
Social activist Nimmu Vasanth had filed a petition seeking exemption from helmet-wearing rule to women and children for various reasons. She had also requested the Court to withdraw the provision of seizing vehicle’s documents from those not wearing helmets.
Taking up the petition, Justice Kirupakaran said that road accidents have become less ever since the helmet rule was implemented. “There was no way the Court withdraw its earlier order on helmets,” he said and disposed off Nimmu’s petition. The Judge also directed the State to file with it a detailed report by 19th September elaborating the details of action taken against those not wearing helmets.