Driving my car through rain traffic in Mumbai the other day, I noticed a woman on a 2 wheeler driving in the wrong direction coming from the opposite side with a child standing in the front - probably returning from school.
it was pouring and while the Mother and Son both had their raincoats on, they did not have their Helmets on.
As I began to notice more 2 wheeler drivers in traffic that day, I realised how everyone is taking safety so casually -- with mostly the person driving the 2 wheeler wearing a helmet and children and pillion riders without it.
These days one also sees fancy 2 wheelers covered with blue and white covers to protect the riders from Rains, yet without Helmet!
This brings me to the specific point I want to make -- that just a Fine may not be enough for these callous 2 wheeler drivers who are putting their families at high risk, especially during the Monsoons when roads are slippery and visibility is low.
What we need is a mandate for anybody buying a 2 wheeler to register the names and age of his nuclear family members who would be travelling on that 2 wheeler -- and, necessarily buying Helmets for ALL of them along with the 2 wheeler purchase.
Other way to make it work, would be to tie up 2 wheeler sales with Helmet Sales as a bundle offer.
There is a huge gap and need to have good quality, tested and certified Helmets for both Adults and Children.
Hence I am starting this Petition requesting the Ministry to make this compliance seamless through mandatory integration of quality Helmets for adults and children as part of all 2 wheeler sales in India // and // create an organised sector for availability of quality tested Helmets for both adults and children.
Please support this petition if you believe in it.
Your petition will be delivered to :
Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Transport
Be THE ONE.