Helmet – Wear Where
Before anything, let me say I’m glad to be a part of Bangalore Metblogs. :-)
Ok, now for my first post:
There are 2 types of helmet wearers in Bangalore:
1. Those who wear helmets
2. Those who do not wear helmets
But wait, I found out a third type the other day. The type shown below:
Yup, those who wear their helmets on their hands!
I’ve seen many of these ‘hand-helmetters’ in Bangalore and I’ve often wondered about the purpose they’re fulfilling. Do cops only require the riders to carry a helmet with them and not necessarily wear it? I researched a bit on Google and I was shocked and amazed that the law actually allows this (more or less). This is what Section 129 of the Indian Motor Vehicles Act says:
It is mandatory to wear a helmet of ISI standard while riding a motor cycle in public place.
Can’t you see? It does not say WHERE you have to wear the helmet. Anywhere would be fine… hand, leg, in your bag, anywhere! Either these motorists have been reading the law thoroughly and finding out loopholes or they have complete disregard for the law and they’re making a mockery out of it.
But I guess you can’t really blame these ‘hand-helmetters’. They annoy me the most but if you really think about it, they are not actually breaking the law, are they?