Nagpur: The two regional transport offices — Nagpur city and deputy east — are registering two-wheelers only if the dealers are providing two helmets to the buyers following high court orders.
Apart from bills, the RTOs are also taking an undertaking from two-wheeler buyers that they have received two helmets with the purchase of the vehicle.
Deputy RTO Atul Adey said, “City RTO Dinkar Manwar has issued a notification and directed all 20 automobile dealers in the city to supply two protective headgears to the buyers at the time of delivery of two-wheelers.”
Apart from high court orders, the city RTO has also cited the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 138 (4)(f), which says, “At the time of the purchase of two-wheeler, the manufacturer shall supply a protective headgear confirming specifications prescribed by Bureau of Indian Standards under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986 (63), provided that these conditions shall not apply to category to person exempted in terms of Section 129 and the rules made there under by the concern state governments.”
Nikhil Kusumgar, one of the two-wheeler dealers, said that following high court’s directives, all the dealers in the city are mandatorily providing two BSI headgears to the buyers. He admitted that many buyers were trying to confront the decision by saying that they already have helmets. “But we reject such an argument,” he said.
The deputy RTO said, “Our motor vehicle inspectors (MVIs) and assistant motor vehicle inspectors (AMVIs) too are cross checking the bills of every buyer that they got two protective headgears apart from asking them to provide an undertaking about receiving two helmets with the purchase of the vehicle.” Manwar has issued instructions to all AMVIs and MVIs registering new vehicles to strictly follow the rule.
“This new order is unrealistic and problematic for all those consumers who might be purchasing their second two-wheeler or already have a helmet,” said Gajanan Pande, organizing secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Grahak Panchayat, Vidarbha chapter.
He said, “The order is a welcome move but at the same time, the high court must ask enforcement agencies like RTO and traffic police to ensure even pillion riders wear helmets. The order has also added to the bill of newly purchased two-wheelers to cover the costs of new helmets.”