Nagpur: The ‘no helmet no entry’ directive to visitors at all three Regional Transport Offices in Nagpur has had no effect on the first day. Despite this, warning boards have also been installed prominently by the department at the entrances of all three offices. And visitors have been seen entering the RTO premises throughout the day without even the mandatory headgear, as the officials enforcing the helmet mandate turned a blind eye.
On Thursday, TOI reported that the new RTO Rajabhau Gite has made it mandatory for two-wheeler riders and pillion riders to wear helmets while entering offices.
Standing outside the city’s RTO for more than an hour, TOI saw not only visitors but also several employees entering or exiting on two-wheelers without wearing helmets.
The department has also put up a display board stating that more than 7,700 people die every year in the state due to not wearing helmets. “If these riders had worn helmets, then their lives would have been saved,” It is further written in this.
Rajabhau Gite also cited a lack of manpower for the non-implementation of the helmet rule. However, he has also assured that an officer of the department will be posted at the entrance of all three offices – city (Amravati Road), east (Chikhali, Kalamna), and rural (near rural police headquarters).
They are skeptical about the implementation
He has also said that apart from banning the entry of two-wheeler riders without helmets and pillion riders, the department will also impose fines on those who violate the Motor Vehicles Act.
Although traffic experts have welcomed the move by the RTO, they are skeptical about the implementation. “It’s a very good idea if implemented honestly,” traffic expert Vinay Kunte said.
According to him, in India, we make new rules with great pomp and enthusiasm, but when it comes to implementation, it is nobody’s child. “No one is interested in implementing such rules because they have to work hard and put a lot of effort into implementing them. Just two days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Samridhi Expressway, Our Deputy CM has driven his SUV with the CM to Shirdi and then publicly announced that he drove at 150 km/h and reached Shirdi in just 3 hours,” Vinay Kunte said.