After long series of fruitful discussions between the government officials, traffic police, public (includes men and women) starting 1st March 2015, NO HELMET rule would be implemented. With this rule, no 2-wheeler rider is required to wear a helmet.
The only people who are sad with this new rule or those footpath non-ISI mark helmet sellers and manufacturers who will have to look for new avenues to sell something cheap fake product to public. Exchequer has decided to compensate the loss for now which brought smile to these small scale business men.
For first time there were valid points brought out by all concerned parties. The discussions did not last for weeks which is a rarity. There were no violent situations.
When the rule was passed the media was disappointed that there was no action which would have increased their TRP. To condemn this move in tonight’s “Nation Does Not Want to Know” episode would be a debate on “Why helmet is to be still a mandatory requirement”.
In the latest development, the association of “old paper mart” have decided that they would take helmets as scrap. They would pay 50 rupees per helmet which is landmark move. Normally they would not give reasons for not paying much for all the scrap that they take in a day.
Carefully deliberated points from all parties are detailed below.
From men’s view point were:
1. It was difficult to ride at same speed on one hand and wear helmet using the other hand at traffic junctions.
2. It was getting increasingly difficult to spot traffic police and wear helmet. On number of occasions the police change their spot for monitoring.
3. Tennis elbow was cited as another reason since most often than not they hold the helmet in their forearm.
4. Growing number of bald men was another reason for not wearing helmet. Men threatened to divorce their wife if they became bald after wearing helmet.
Points from women were:
1. Difficulty in kissing their husband/boy-friend during the rides within city limits.
2. Losing interest in husband/boy-friend since they did not look handsome once they were getting bald post regular usage of wearing helmets.
Other motorists who do not ride 2-wheelers had a valid point. Most 2-wheeler riders place their helmets on the fuel tank. When the rider loses balance the helmet falls on to the road causing an accident and wastage of time in quarrels. Worst still they welcome this move from government since sometimes the helmet is used as weapon during a fight over accidents.
Traffic police had only one view that anyway at traffic junctions or spots where they stand the average speed of traffic is around 20-30km/hr. It is not possible for a fatal accident at these places.
* – This is a satirical post attempting to mock at all those 2-wheeler riders who do not wear helmets.