From August 1, only those who wear helmets will be given petrol in fuel stations. This new rule seems to be very funny. The rule is to be implemented in the cities of Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. It appears impractical prima facie and should have been discussed in a greater way. Public opinion should have been sought before the rule was implemented.
Kerala Transport Commissioner Tomin J. Thachankary said that it is in light of increased accidents, with regard to motorcyclists, that such a rule was put in place. How far this would be helpful in curbing accidents and deaths remains to be seen.
Initially, the Transport Department was a little “disappointed” with the implementation of such a rule. Transport Minister A.K. Saseendran said to the media that if such a rule creates difficulties for the public, the order would be reviewed. Later, the same Minister gave a nod to it.