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Helmet for pillion riders to be made mandatory: HC

503260Kochi: A division bench of the Kerala High Court on Friday refused to stay the order that made helmets for pillion riders mandatory.

The government in its submission before the court, said that there was practical difficulty in implementing the order and cited that as the reason behind amending the Motor Vehicle Rules in October 13, 2003.

The High Court had last month stayed amendment brought about by the government relaxing the motor vehicle rules that made the helmet for pillion riders compulsory.

The stay was ordered until a further judgment was issued and pointed out that the amendment conflicted the Centre’s Motor Vehicle Rules and did not prima facie stand valid.

According to High Court ruling, Section 129 of Central Motor Vehicles Act strictly mandated that both driver and the rider of two-wheelers should wear helmets. Only ill paersons and the Sikhs were exempted from this. But the State’s amendment of 347 A brought about though a notification on October 13, 2003 contradicted the Central rule. The State had also agreed to implement the Central rule 2003.

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