RAWALPINDI: In a drastic move, the Rawalpindi district administration on Thursday banned the entry of helmet-less motorcyclists to the Mall Road and Peshawar Road from the first of December.
A notification in this regard was issued following a recommendation from the Rawalpindi Chief Traffic Officer (CTO).
The ban has been imposed in view of 16 fatalities in 46 accidents of bikers who were travelling on the two thoroughfares without wearing any helmets over the past 10 months.
According to a CTP spokesperson, every year precious lives are lost due to accidents involving helmet-less bikers.
The official added that the CTP had launched a campaign to make helmets compulsory for all motorbike riders on the directives of the Lahore High Court (LHC).
As part of the drive, he said that the CTP has issued nearly 19,000 tickets to bikers for not using helmets and imposed Rs5.5 million in fines for violating the rules in just the past 15 days.
Moreover, he said the CTP has impounded over 3,100 motorbikes within the remits of different police stations during this period. He said the CTP had decided to strictly implement the rules for motorbike riders to ensure their safety.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2018.
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