In a unique concept to discourage bikers riding without helmets, the Lucknow Police have decided not to let anybody caught without one to refill their two-wheelers with fuel from tomorrow, an India Today report said. As per it, a senior police official had helped set up a meeting with pump owners recently to prevail upon them to ensure this happens. The slogan that has been given by the police is ‘No Rule, No Fuel’..
In Maharashtra last year, the government had introduced the ‘No helmet, No fuel’ policy, but had to go back on its policy due to opposition from several quarters, an Indian Express report said.
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The state government had however asked all petrol pumps to report vehicle numbers to transport authorities whenever they found a two-wheeler rider without a helmet. Under its policy, the Maharashtra Government had asked petrol pumps to strictly follow the rule and not allow fuel to drivers without helmets.
“The system of petrol pumps giving such information to Regional Transport Offices and Deputy Regional Transport Offices will be established by the concerned officers, ” state Transport Minister, Diwakar Raote was quoted to have said by Indian Express then.
Soon after the state government had introduced this initiative, petrol pump owners had opposed the new rule. After its discussion with petrol pump owners, the state government had dropped the idea but had created a monitoring system to make sure that two-wheeler riders wear helmets.
Last month,the Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh Police had arrested nearly 23 people after it was found that seven petrol pumps in Lucknow were allegedly using an electronic chip in their fuel dispensing machines to cheat consumers coming to refill their vehicles, by providing them less fuel than what they were actually paying for.