After since the implementation of amended Motor Vehicles Act, traffic cops across the country are fining people left, right and center for violating rules. However, a man in Gujarat left the traffic cops divided over whether to fine him or not for not wearing a helmet while riding the two-wheeler.
Zakir Mamon, a resident of Bodeli town in Gujarat’s Chhota Udepur district, was stopped by the traffic police for not wearing a helmet. He was asked to pay a fine for violation of the New Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019. However, Mamon escaped the heft fine by narrating his problem – his head-size is so big that he is not able to find any helmet in the market which can fit onto his head.
“I respect the law and I want to follow it by wearing a helmet but I have visited all the shops which sell helmets but could not find any helmet which can fit onto my head. I keep all relevant documents with me but as far as helmet is concerned, I am helpless. I have told the police about my unique problem,’’ Mamon said, as quoted in a report of News18.
Considering Mamon’s problem as genuine, cops did not fine him. Vasant Rathva, Assistant-Sub-Inspector, Traffic Branch of Bodeli town reportedly said, “It is a unique problem and we have not fined him as we understand his issue. He is a law abiding person and keeps all relevant documents while driving.”
The Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, approved by President Ram Nath Kovind last month, aims at stricter punishment for violation of traffic regulations.
However, the Gujarat government had announced a reduction in the fines under the new Motor Vehicles Act. As per the revised rates, the penalty for not wearing a helmet has been brought down from Rs 1,000 to Rs 500.