Protesting against the ‘no helmet, no fuel’ rule introduced in Maharashtra to improve road safety, petrol dealers of Maharashtra have threatened to stop purchasing fuel stock from August 1 if the government fails to release restrictions on them. The new rule not only attempts to put restrictions on two-wheeler riders but also allows legal action against petrol dealers if they sell petrol to two-wheeler riders and pillion riders not wearing helmets. The Federation of All Maharashtra Petrol Dealers Association (FAMPEDA) said the rule passes the onus of bike-riders’ mistake on petrol dealers. It said that the rule wrongly makes petrol pump dealers a party to a crime for which they are not responsible. “The government is dumping policing duties on petrol retailers,” it said.
FAMPEDA president Uday Lodh said the government’s intention behind introducing this rule was right. However, onus of their deed is being put on petrol dealers.The job of petrol dealers’ was to sell fuel, not to correct their actions, Lodh told Indian Express. The decision to stop buying fuel stock was taken in a meeting with over 200 dealers at Chembur on Wednesday.
The traffic department of Mumbai Police had earlier suggested petrol dealers to sell helmets at pumps to riders not carrying helmets. The association sent a letter to all petrol pumps and oil marketing companies in this regard today.
Maharashtra has over 4,000 petrol pumps while in Mumbai there are about 223 petrol stations. The ‘no helmet, no fuel’ rule in Maharashtra is to come into effect from August 1.
(With agency inputs)