18 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government will enforce wearing of helmets by pillion riders and fastening of seat belts by occupants in cars after relaxation on enforcement of Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 ends on February 29.
This was revealed by Commerce and Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera here today.
"Shall we want that the pillion rider of a two-wheeler or the occupants in a car die in the event of a mishap? So if your answer is in the negative, pillion riders ought to wear helmets and passengers ought to wear seat belts," said Behera talking to media persons here today.
Behera who has recently returned after attending a meeting of Transport Ministers called by Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, said "The provision is already there in the Act. It will be enforced strictly after the relaxation period allowed by the government ends."
The Minister revealed that many other things including these were discussed at the three-hour-long meeting meant for curbing accidents and saving precious lives.
Section 194D of the MV Act makes helmets mandatory for pillion riders.