Lahore: Provincial Minister for Food Bilal Yasin has said that wearing of helmet has been declared compulsory for minimizing death ratio and severe injuries due to accidents of motorcycles so that lives of motorcyclists could be saved.
He said this while presiding over a meeting at Committee Room of Home Secretary, today. DIG Operation, Home Secretary, CTO Lahore and other concerned officers attended the meeting.
The meeting was informed that presently 4.22 million vehicles are plying on the road throughout Punjab, out of which, 2.79 million are motorcycles and 10 percent motorcyclists wear helmet whereas 90 percent have not helmet. The Minister said that about 3000 helmets were distributed free of cost previous year from December 2014 to January 2015. According to annual report, deaths decreased due to wearing of helmet and out of 300 accidents, only 75 accidents were reported.
CTO told that human lives can be protected through use of helmet. He said that a campaign about helmet will be continued for two weeks and awareness can be created about the utility of helmet through electronic media, newspapers, banners, telephonic messages, pamphlets and seminars.
Provincial Minister asked CTO to set up helmet sale points at 400 spots instead of making challans so that motorcyclists should be asked to purchase helmet. He said that due to this not only nearest facility will be available to the cyclists for purchasing helmet but will be saved from accidents.