Police to strictly enforce helmet laws

Police to strictly enforce helmet laws

November 7, 2013   03:10 pm

Police advise motorcyclists and passenger riders to wear authorized helmets without tinted visors enabling better identification from today.

A statement issued by the Police Headquarters today stated that laws pertaining to motorcycle helmets are included in the special gazette notification No. 644/26 (January 11, 1991) while these regulations have been prepared by the relevant minister under the clause 158 (2) and 237 of the Motor Traffic (Amendment) Act (No. 21 of 1981).

They state that while the chin strap of an authorized helmet provides protection for the motorcycle rider and the passenger, the face area of the helmet should remain open for clear identification of the person wearing it.

The helmet should not contain any parts or extensions which conceal or distort any part of the face (between the eyebrows and chin) of the rider.

Furthermore the visor of the helmet should not be tinted or painted with any color, it said.

Police said that while the risk is higher for those wearing unauthorized helmets to die or suffer injuries in accidents, several reports have been received of criminals wearing tinted helmets to hide their identification when fleeing the scene of the crime.

Therefore the Police Department intends to strictly implement the law against motorcyclists and passengers riders wearing helmets  which violate the aforementioned laws.  

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