We often see people taking their children on two-wheelers without a helmet. If you do it too, here is something that you should know. According to the traffic rules, a child should wear a helmet and a child is considered as a third passenger. Here are the rules and you should know more about them.
According to the latest Motor Vehicle Act or MV Act, any child older than four years will be counted as a full person on the two-wheeler. This means, if you’re travelling with an adult pillion rider, then the child will be considered as the third passenger on the two-wheeler and you will get a challan for triple riding a two-wheeler. Section 194A details that the fine is Rs 1,000 for violating the tripling rule.
Also, if you’re travelling with a child of four years or above age on a two-wheeler and the child is not wearing a helmet, there will be a fine issued for not wearing a helmet. Again, according to the amended laws, a challan of Rs 1,000 will be issued for not wearing a helmet.
Travelling with a child
Travelling with a child safely on the roads should be of utmost importance. It should be noted that there are many helmet manufacturers who offer small helmets for children. If the child is made to wear a full-size helmet, it will not provide adequate protection and severe injuries may happen. That is why a helmet that fits the head of a person properly is always recommended.
Also, children travelling in cars should be made to sit on the age-specific child seats. In India, child seats are not as popular but they save lives during accidents by ensuring proper cushioning and protection to the still-developing bodies of the children.
Also, it is always a better idea to ensure that the child sits in the rear seat of the vehicle as the impact of the accident is minimal in the rear seats. Seatbelts are absolutely mandatory, even for the child. These steps will ensure that the children do not suffer critical injuries during accidents.
India has the highest number of accidents in the world
India is one of the most populous countries in the world. With the developing road network and an increasing number of vehicles, the country sees one of the highest numbers of accidents in the world every year. Some of these accidents even turn fatal.
According to data, the number of accidents that turn fatal in India is much higher than the developed nations. While the authorities have made it mandatory for adults to wear seat belts in the car, the rule is not imposed on the children.