Khan favours helmet for pillion riders

February 9th, 2007

Hyderabad: Outgoing additional commissioner of police (traffic) A K Khan is in favour of pillion riders too wearing a helmet to reduce fatalities in accidents.

Khan addressed his last press conference as traffic chief as he has been transferred as head of the fire services department. Khan said like the real estate boom, the city was witnessing a ‘vehicle boom’ in the last five years. About 5 lakh vehicles were added in the city and about 2.93 lakh vehicles were added after he took charge as additional commissioner traffic 21 months ago, Khan told reporters on Thursday, his last day with the city traffic police.

He said though there were several measures to regulate traffic, the permanent solution would be an effective public transport system for the city. “In Hyderabad, only 43 per cent people use public transport while it is 70 per cent in cities like Delhi,’’ he said. Giving details of road accidents in the city, he said 45 per cent of the total road accidents happened at night and 30 per cent of victims were riding pillion. He said, “helmet for pillion riders was necessary to save their lives”.

On traffic violations, Khan said the traffic wing had sent a proposal to the state government to hike penalties for various violations. “Unfortunately even RTC drivers violate traffic rules,’’ he said.

Source: TOI(Hyderabad-epaper)

Entry Filed under: Hyderabad Traffic News

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