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Prominent Pune citizens oppose helmet rule

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Earlier this month, the police commissioner of Pune made an announcement mandating helmets for 2-wheeler riders from January 1, 2019. Now, some prominent social activists, businessmen and politicians have decided to protest against this new rule. Some of the arguments put forth by these individuals are simply irresponsible and laughable. 

Even the city's law makers are against the rule. A political leader has said that making helmets compulsory would create a huge inconvenience to riders and that there is no need for helmets when the speed of vehicles in the city does not exceed 25 km/h.

An RTI activist from the city has said that every new police commissioner has tried to implement the rule and every time the citizens of Pune have protested against it. He said that there are over 24 lakh 2-wheelers in the city and therefore authorities haven't been able to provide such a large quantity of helmets in a short period of time. The activist also said that the authorities should instead concentrate on resolving traffic issues in the city.

Another citizen has argued that using helmets would cause medical issues like Spondylitis. According to him, a helmet reduces the ability to hear. A businessman from the city believes that the police are holding citizens hostage by launching the helmet drive. He said that the police and their pillion riders should first start using helmets before forcing citizens to use them. 

Source: Pune Mirror

 
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