Helmet rule: Madras High Court warning to police officers
The judges said that it was painful to see that the helmet rule, passed 12 years ago, is still not being enforced; but for the police, it's not an easy task, especially when dealing with families.
The Madras High Court has warned that contempt of court cases will be filed against police officers if they don't implement the mandatory helmet rule for two-wheelers.
The High Court has issued several orders in the ongoing case of KK Rajendran demanding implementation of the mandatory helmet law. The judges expressed dissatisfaction with the non-implementation of their orders on strict enforcement of the law, and said it was painful to see that the rule, which was passed in 2007, is still to take effect after 12 years.
District magistrates have ordered the police to submit details of cases filed in this connection. The bench, which included judges Manikumar and Subramaniam Prasad, warned that if details of the cases were not provided, adverse orders could be issued against the authorities concerned. The court postponed the hearing to September 5, saying that these orders should be strictly enforced to avoid contempt of court.
It is now a common sight in Chennai to see policemen in wait at traffic signals and other points to flag down riders not wearing helmets, and issuing spot fines. This spurt in enforcement comes after the court's intervention. But many riders still continue to flout the rule. Helmets are compulsory for both rider and pillion, but it's difficult for police to enforce it on families accompanied by children, which is quite prevalent; this puts them in a quandary.
[Autotranslated from Tamil]