HC admits petitions against compulsory wearing of helmets
Wednesday March 7 2007 00:00 IST
CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Tuesday admitted writ petitions opposing the State Government’s order making wearing of helmets mandatory for two-wheeler riders and pillion riders even while it declined to grant a stay for the order which is scheduled to come into effect from June 1.
The Division Bench, comprising Justice S J Mukhopadhaya and Justice R Sudhakar, allowed the petitioners R Muthukrishnan and B Rajyalakshmi, city-based advocates, to implead themselves as respondents in the case.
Contending that the government could not force anyone to wear helmet if they were not willing to do so, the petitioners wondered if the government could compel the people that they should wear any particular type of dress.
It was for the individuals concerned to decide about their safety while the government should conduct a lot of awareness programmes to make the people realise the importance of wearing helmets.
They also questioned whether the Government, after the implementation of the order, would come forward to give compensation if anyone died in a road accident even while wearing a helmet.
If the government honestly considered the public interest and safety, it should first ensure better road conditions otherwise it should come forward to issue free helmets like it was distributing free television sets to the people, the petitioners argued.
However, the Bench said the government issued the order in public interest and similar orders had been in force in several cities in the country. It posted further hearing in the case to August 6.