By: M.S.Yatnatti editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru : Home minister R Ramalinga Reddy has said that even police will be penalized if they do not wear headgears with ISI mark and nobody will be spared including police this he said in a what's up message to me .The city traffic police has decided to look within as they gear up to crack down on non-certified helmets as well as helmetless driving. Come February, teams of traffic cops will conduct surprise checks at police stations and other places where policemen are employed to ensure that their colleagues use helmets that bear the mandatory ISI mark.Additional commissioner of police (traffic) R Hitendra has reportedly said that he will begin the safety drive by checking police officers. "On the morning of February 1, traffic police will start checking police officers across the city. Apart from stopping policemen on two-wheelers, our personnel will visit police stations and other workplaces to ensure that our colleagues have helmets certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards. Policemen will have to pay a fine if they are found using helmets without ISI mark,” he said.
The prescribed fine for 'helmetless' riders is Rs 100.Headgears that cover the whole face come with ISI mark. All police men are using half helmet without ISI mark. The rule applicable to them too, and it is not way of sucking money from general public.Reportedly Two-wheeler riders will have to take a close look at the type of helmet they are using. Bengaluru city police recently asked two-wheeler riders, including those on pillion, to wear only helmets with ISI mark. They will begin an enforcement drive against violators from February 1.The drive is part of a state-wide endeavour to deter riders from using half-helmets and, instead, go for safer headgear of assured quality. The move comes in the wake of a home department directive to police asking them to ensure only helmets with ISI mark are used. Police commissioner T Suneel Kumar said two-wheeler users have time till January 31 to buy headgears with ISI mark. "From February 1, those wearing helmets without ISI mark will be penalized. They'd be treated as riding helmetless," he said. The prescribed fine for 'helmetless' riders is Rs 100.Headgears that cover the whole face come with ISI mark. Police consider other helmets as 'half-helmets' or those not conforming to BIS. Karnataka police chief Neelamani N Raju has directed the state police to ban half-helmets and low-quality ones that come without ISI mark from February 1. This follows a directive from home minister R Ramalinga Reddy on Wednesday, which came while he was praising Mysuru city police's initiative to book riders using unsafe helmets. The directive was issued to all five police commissioners --Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Hubballi-Dharawad and Belagavi -- and also all range inspector general of police (IGPs) across the state.