Tinsukia: Taking a cue from many states in India and other districts of Assam, the district administration of Tinsukia has enforced a ‘no helmet, no petrol’ rule for bikers from June 15.

The administration hopes that the move will improve awareness on rider safety in light of increasing fatal accidents involving two-wheelers.

An order, signed by the additional deputy commissioner of Tinsukia on Monday, said that no petrol pump shall issue petrol to any two-wheeler without proper helmet.

“The petrol pump retailers have been directed to display a signage stating ‘no helmet, no petrol’ and the same should be clearly visible,” the order read.

The order comes on the backdrop of a district road safety meeting headed by the deputy commissioner of Tinsukia Narsing Pawar. Officials from various department including police, health, public works department (state roads) and public works department (national highway), among others, were present.

A copy of the order

Speaking with EastMojo, in-charge of District Transport Office (DTO) Bubul Gogoi said, “The main motto is to save lives. It has been observed that even during the Covid19 restriction and curfew, the accident cases are on a rise.”

“Prima facie, in most accidents involving two-wheelers, it appears that a majority of the riders were not wearing a helmet,” Gogoi said.

“Despite making the violators pay fine, a need for additional measure has been felt. Therefore, it has been decided to enforce ‘no helmet, no petrol’ rule to create awareness among riders of two-wheelers,” he added.

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A source in the administration said that erring petrol pump dealers will be penalised if they violate the orders.

A United Nations study says that a proper helmet can improve the chances of accident survival by 42% and help avoid 69% of injuries to riders.

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