With the increasing number of road accidents, the Kerala High Court has made it mandatory for pillion riders to wear helmets.
Justice V Chidambaran declared the court order following a petition filed by TU Raveendran from Kochi. Even though the order was issued before, it was stayed in 2003.
According to Kerala Motor vehicle act 129, every person driving or riding (otherwise than in a side car, on a motor cycle of any class or description) shall, while in a public place, wear a "Protective headgear" (helmet). But many a times people disobey the law and order, which leads to a rise in the number of accidents. The maximum penalty for the offence of driving without a helmet is Rs. 100.
After the order was issued on Wednesday, Kerala Transport Commissioner Tomin J Thachankary informed that the government will take necessary actions to impose the order.