Bajaj Auto today said the recent order by the Karnataka government to ban pillion riding on two-wheelers with engine capacity of less than 100 CC would not impact sales of its two models -- CT100 and Platina ES. The Pune-based company said both the motorcycles were above 100cc and will face no restriction on pillion riding. "Bajaj Auto's motorcycles business does not get affected by this ban as our best-selling entry-level motorcycles like Platina and CT100 ES come with a displacement more than 100 cc," Bajaj Auto Circle Head – South Aswin Jaikanth said in a statement. All Bajaj bikes are designed keeping rider and pillion safety and stability in mind, he added.The Karnataka government has banned riding pillion on two-wheelers with engine capacity of less than 100 CC, giving effect to a 2015 court order.The transport department also banned registration of such vehicles. The order was issued based on a Karnataka High Court order in a case relating to the award of compensation to Hemanth, a minor riding pillion who was crippled for life following a road accident in Mysuru in March 2009.
There should not be any seat for pillion rider vehicles below 100 CC as mandated under Rule 143(3) of the Karnataka Motor Vehicles Rules - 1989, the court had said.