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Old 4th May 2012, 17:47   #1
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Default Police fine for riding with your slippers on?

I am told Calcutta police has started imposing fines on motorcyclists for riding with their slippers or flip flops on? Is this true? Have they specified anything else? Like what type of shoes are okay and what types will attract fine? I routinely ride my Bullet with my Hawaii sandals on, especially in my locality if I am going on a short ride !!
Are pajamas all right?
Someone please clarify. This is not a joke thread. I am dead serious.
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Yes, driving a motor vehicle in sandals or chappals is NOT allowed. Driver shall wear proper shoes. I am not able to produce a link for this but I have heard about this from Punjab Police. One of the way to extort money form outstation cars when everything is okay but the driver is in slippers.

And yes, the Pajamas should be okay to drive.

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This has to be a first. There's no law which says you have to wear specific items while riding / driving an automobile, as long as it is not indecent. So while you cannot ride naked, you can of course ride barefoot or wearing chappals or slippers (what is that called in modern English?) or whatever other type of footwear you want.

The footnote is it should not obstruct riding/driving. So if you wore shoes which could interfere with the safe operation of the vehicle you are riding/driving, the police can book you!
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Yes, driving a motor vehicle in sandals or chappals is NOT allowed.
How do they catch drivers of the motor vehicles were the foot of the driver is not visible, say car for instance?

And any idea if driving barefoot is an offense or not?
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Found these two links, one for Indian Motor Vehicle Act and another for Motor Vehicle Act, West Bengal...

Motor Vehicles Act 1988

http://www.sdobishnupur.in/Acts%20an...onery/2250.pdf

Couldn't find any mention of riding without proper footwear is an offence...
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Wait a minute. What about women then? Almost all women will drive (or do so) in sandals, chappals, et al. What about that.

On a serious note, this is hilarious
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I can imagine why keeping an extra set of footwear in the car footwell could be risky, by way of interfering with pedal usage. No idea how this would impact a bike unless one is using their slippers to balance after a wobble, and...

Of course there are rules for bike gear in other countries, but if they really want to enforce such regulations, they should start at the top. By ensuring people use their head and wear a helmet.
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Default Re: Police fine for riding a bike with your slippers on?

This is utterly ridiculous.

Does the Kolkata Police claim to have conducted a study and found that covering the foot with shoes avoids accidents/saves lives or in any way brings about traffic discipline?

Authorities should know where to draw the line!
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Sudipto da...the cop has given you "gaassh" (in Bong parlance!). I have not come across anything in which the definition of "footwear" is defined as not being chappals/flip flops!
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On my first read of this, I was like - you gotta be kidding. Safety wise, shoes would be the better choice. As far the law is concerned have not ever heard of this ever being proposed or enforced.
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When I went for my motorcycle test it was strictly mentioned not to wear chappals/flip-flops as that is not allowed and against the law.
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I do not know the law, but I find it strange that bhp'ns who drive soo much have not found out the inconvenience of driving barefoot or with slippers, or... the convenience with driving in a shoe.

If there is indeed a law, I would back it.
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Yes, driving a motor vehicle in sandals or chappals is NOT allowed. Driver shall wear proper shoes. I am not able to produce a link for this but I have heard about this from Punjab Police.
Does the rule say driver shall wear proper shoes, or proper footwear? I know that driving barefoot is illegal in some countries, but proper shoes thats interesting. Not sure if there is a definition there on proper shoes. For e.g.; Majority of women drivers would be driving with some kind of footwear on, but not shoes probably.

Or probably, I should spend big on one of these when I get to India next time Car Shoe - The original driving Car
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I have a query. Will they fine a sadhu or a Chinmoy disciple who rides bare foot. I am sure they will not, and argue that a chappal is likely to come off and so interfere in the riding.
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This is crap ! AFAIK, there is no such rule in the CMVR ( I would love to be corrected on this) . If they have such a rule that would mean the Father of the nation is not eligible to drive a 2 wheeler.

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