Delhi to make helmets must for women

Posted on Apr 18 2014 - 11:44am by admin

Source Times Of India

NEW DELHI: Women travelling on two-wheelers in the city may soon have to wear a helmet by law. The transport department has proposed to amend the law that exempts them from wearing protective gear after a direction from Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung last month.

The exemption had been granted on religious grounds after protests by Sikh women. Later, in the wake of increasing road fatalities involving women, the Sheila Dikshit government continued to resist attempts to make helmets mandatory. The transport department has now proposed to amend rule 115 of the Act, which allows this exemption.

A proposal making it mandatory for women travelling on two-wheelers to wear helmets has been sent to the Election Commission for approval, pending which the transport department will come out with a notification. A month after the notification, the rule will become applicable, said sources.


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