Reportedly starting from december 1, kerala will extend the helmet rule to pillion riders in the state. Previously on tuesday, the state government informed the high court that the Union government’s amended rules will be implemented in Kerala. Earlier in august 2019, the central government had amended the rules to make helmets mandatory for pillion riders. Perhaps the amendment specified that wearing a helmet was compulsory for all two wheeler riders above the age of 4.
Furthermore the state government had earlier filed an appeal challenging a single bench order of the high court imposing the helmet rule for pillion riders. Presently the government has withdrawn this appeal. Kerala government informed the court that it would implement the rule in the state and also offer publicity. Previously the kerala government exempted the pillion riders by amending the Central Motor vehicles Act 1988. Furthermore challenging this move, TU Raveendra, a resident of Palluruthy in kochi had filed an appeal against the state government’s exemption in 2015. Hence based on this appeal, the kerala high court decided to make helmets mandatory for all riders except those below 4 years of age.
Reportedly kerala topped the list of highest number of cases in which pillion riders suffered injuries owing to not wearing helmets. Moreover over 3,721 persons suffered grievous injuries in 2018 under such a category, racing ahead of other states with more vehicle density like tamilnadu and Kerala. Perhaps the state government released an order on tuesday making the rule compulsory in the state.