The Maharashtra government on Friday withdrew its decison of ‘no helmet no petrol’ policy. Now, helmet is not mandatory to take petrol. Although, Maharastra Govt asked pump operators to note down the number of two wheelers without helmet, and share the details with RTO. Cracking the whip on those who do not obey the rule to wear helmets while riding two-wheelers, the Maharashtra government last month announced that two-wheeler riders will not get petrol at pumps if the rider and pillion are found to be sans helmets. The government’s decision, however, did not found any support from the Petrol Dealers’ Association, civic activists and even political parties.
State Transport Minister Diwakar Raote earlier told the state legislature that the government has taken the decision to ensure road safety and prevent increasing number of accidents. “If the two-wheeler riders approach petrol pumps without wearing helmets, they will not get fuel. The decision is important for safety of two-wheeler riders,” he said. Raote said the decision has been taken in view of the Supreme Court’s strict directives to implement the Motor Vehicle Act. “Last month, the Telangana government too had taken such a decision,” he added. Meanwhile, the managing committee of Poona Petrol Dealers Association strongly opposed the move, stating that it would cause inconvenience to commuters and petroleum dealers to implement the norm. “Today it is no helmet, no petrol. Tomorrow it can be no PUC, no licence or no petrol for drink and drive. This is all impractical,” the association said.