Transport commissioner issues 'no helmet, no petrol' rule in Kerala

| Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 21:36
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Kerala, No Helmet No Petrol, Tomin J Thachankery, Two wheelers

Transport commissioner Tomin J Thachankery said 80 per cent of the accident deaths are caused due to two wheelers.

New Delhi: In the wake of alarming rise of deaths due to two wheelers in the state, the Transport commissioner Tomin J Thachankery on Wednesday directed the petrol pump owners not to give petrol to two wheeler riders who are not wearing helmets.
"The decision was taken in the wake of alarming rise of deaths due to two wheelers in the state. All the oil companies with whom we had discussions on the issue has agreed to the proposal and would be implemented from August," Transport commissioner Tomin J Thachankery said.
The pilot project will be implemented in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode first and later it would be spread across the state.
"Every petrol pump will have CCTV cameras linked with the department and instructions would be displayed on boards to aware the masses to make the initiative a success. The enforcement squad would also keep a vigil for enforcing the new direction," Thachankery said.

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Regarding helmet issue

Kerala Transport Commissioner's notification to petrol companies / petrol bunks not to provide petrol to bikers who are not wearing the helmet must be viewed as an action in the public interest and connected to the safety of traveller's. He is just supporting the verdict of the court in his capacity. Maybe it would have been good he pointed out the matter to the concerned minister in advance. Anyhow this should not be a reason to cancel the notification. The so-called "public interest" is not to help the outlaws". If minister interfered in this issue, won't that be a case of subjudice? A minister should be concerned more about the safety of the citizen than to their demand for thoughtless conveniences. If we started to apply "public interest" in every issue, that would take the country to a state of anarchy. So kindly let the police commissioner proceed with his decision and view it to be a decision of the government, because every office is a part of the government machinery

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