Bhubaneswar, Sept 15 (LocalWire): While the state road transport department on Sunday levied Rs 22,000 penalty on a motorcyclist for multiple traffic offences including not wearing a helmet, lawyers in Balasore stepped in with an unusual demand.
They sought 12-hour exemption for legal practitioners from wearing helmets.
The district Bar association argued that carrying helmets were causing discomfort and the lawyers were inconvenienced while commuting from one court to another for professional work.
As the courts are located not on one destination, carrying helmets has become burdensome and they should be exempted from mandatory provision of wearing helmets while driving from 8 am to 8 pm every day, a resolution passed by the local bar association in this regard said.
Niranjan Panda, Balasore district Bar association president said, ‘We have
passed a resolution and we will soon meet the Superintendent of police seeking exemption from mandatory wearing of the helmet.’
In view of the state-wide resentment against levying of hefty penalties as per the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act, 2019, the state government has in the meanwhile, announced a three-month relaxation in aggressive implementation of the amended rules.
The decision had been taken to allow the police to create better awareness and provide adequate time for the vehicle owners to ensure compliance.